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CREATE YOUR OWN FURNITURES
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If you are a DIY beginner or have never installed plasterboard, this tutorial is for you. 
You'll see, it's easier than it seems. With minimal tools and a few tricks you will soon master the basics and you will be able to start your own home improvement projects.

Kinook constructions are built in 3 steps:



1) Build the metallic structure 
2) Skin the metallic structure 
3) Finshing


1-Build the metallic structure



The metallic studs are those used for building standard drywall. They can be found in most DIY superstore.

2 types of studs:

 
1) track-stud
U shape
common reference: 
R48 or MSH50 (Gyproc)
rail-placo-r48 Used on horizontal sections (floors and ceilings).
 2) C-studs
C shape
common reference:M48

montant-placo-m48 Kinook blocks slide inside the C-studs to assemble them together

check our compatibility table between different C-studs brands and the Kinook System.

Cutting the studs


Studs (track and C) can be easily cut with tin snips or a nibbler. Start by marking the location of the cut precisely with a square ruler and a marker. Cut the sides (both), fold the profile at the place of the cut, then finish the cut with the tin snips as shown below.

Assembling the studs


The C-studs are assembled together with Kinook blocks. As in a game of construction, create T, L, X, etc. shapes with Kinook blocks and slide the C-studs into place.
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Note that the metal structure will not be stiffened until the panels are screwed in.

Although a little destabilizing at first, this is an advantage because the structure can be adjusted to the dimensions of the panels and thus obtain a perfectly joined assembly. Details on construction page.


Crimping the studs


C-studs are crimped to track-studs with a standard stud crimping tool (Available in any DIY superstore). The tool solidly cramps the two studs together.
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Mettalic structure example

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In this simple structure example, we can see the track-stud on the floor which has been crimped to the vertical C-studs. The Kinook blocks assemble the C-studs together in perfect right angles.

2-SKIN THE METALLIC STRUCTURE 



The metallic structure is then covered with panels. Panels can be plasterboard, wood, melamine, MDF or any other material of your choice. See page select material for the panels for selecting and sizing the panels.

Plasterboard.


Plasterboard (or sheetrock) is easy to find, inexpensive, and easy to cut. It is available in different sheet size and thickness. The most common are 9.5 mm and 12.5 mm thick.

Cutting plasterboard


Plasterboard can be easily cut with a sharp trimming knife blade. Score along the line with the knife, and cut all the way through the plasterboard, just deep enough to cut through the paper (about 3mm). Turn the sheet over and bend firmly one part to about a 90 degree angle. This will break the remaining sheetrock. Cut through the paper on the back side, along the bend where you made the first cut.

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Fixing panels.


Panels are fixed to the metallic structure (studs) with special plasterboard screws capable of driving through the metallic stud without having to drill starting holes. These screws can be easily found with plasterboard accessories and are available in different sizes. Most common size is 25-30mm long. plasterboard-scew
If you are using wood type panel, do not forget to drill a counter-sink hole to hide the screw head. plasterboard-scew-1

Use an electric drill or screwdriver. Place the screw on the panel and gently press until the screw reaches the stud. At this point, press firmly (and hold the metallic structure) until the screw perforates the studs, release pressure. The screw heads need to finish just under the surface of the board (1mm) as shown below.

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Tips:
- Use a screw head depth limiter (image on the right) to avoid screwing too deep into the plasterboard.
- Use a magnetic screw head to hold the screw.
- You can drill through Kinook blocks if needed.
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Sticking plasterboards

Use compound or acrylic joint sealant on plasterboard edge to assemble plasterboard together. See minimize finishing work section. You might have to put some jointing tape between plasterboard sheets for construction with large surfaces. Jointing will avoid future cracks. Check DIY tutorial for jointing plasterboard.



3-FINISHING


Start by plugging every hole and crack with compound. Let dry for about 24h, sand, then apply a finishing compound. Sand lightly before painting Check our finishing page in our DIY section



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Useful Tools



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We have made a selection of some useful tools used for Kinook based constructions