Anchor™ Core Easy-Panels™ Installation
PVC Easy-Panels™ Installation
Do not stack panels directly onto a concrete floor. It is good to let the panels equalize in temperature and humidity with the space they will be installed in. Note: it is normal for slatwall panels to take on a slight bend since they are laminated on one side and the process of grooving relieves some internal stress in the board.
Make sure you have the right tools for the job. Minimally you will need a 24” level, tape measure, pencil, a circular saw for cutting any panels to size and a good cordless or corded drill to use as a power screwdriver.
Examples might be a professional laser level, drywall square, chalk line, power saber saw for cutting out electrical outlets.
1 ½” to 2” drywall or other equivalent screws. Tan deck screws are a good color match to Anchor™ Core. Use round head screws on panels with metal inserts. Make sure the fasteners have heads that will easily fit in the groove.
Safety First – Wear safety glasses and hearing protection when using any power tools. Remember, slatwall panels are heavy. Do not try to install slatwall panels by yourself.
Working with Metal Studs
Metal studs do not have as much screw holding power as wooden studs. It is best to use wooden blocking in strategic places.
Block or Concrete Walls
Install vertical or horizontally oriented furring strips onto the walls first using concrete fasteners (TapCons). It’s not recommended to install slatwall directly onto a concrete or block wall.
Insulation and vapor barrier
Properly insulate any exterior walls for energy efficiency. Use a proper vapor barrier over the insulation prior to installation.
Where to start?
Take the time to do a little planning. Once you have determined the height above the floor to start, chalk a level line on the wall. It will also help if you put a mark on the floor and ceiling where each stud is. This will help in determining where to put the fasteners.
Cutting slatwall - Always cut from the backside of the panel when using a circular saw. Set up a guide for the edge of the saw to follow. Always wear safety glasses and hearing protection when using any power tools.
Cutting slatwall with aluminum inserts – It is not necessary to take the aluminum inserts out of the grooves before cutting. In fact it is easier to cut the panel with the aluminum inserts the grooves. Cut only with a sharp carbide tipped blade. Run a piece of wide masking tape over the inserts parallel to the groove. This will help keep the aluminum inserts from shifting during cutting.