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Instruction Guide - MURdesign Panels

Required material and tools

Construction glue, level, pencil, saw and nail gun.

Preparation

You need to pay particular attention to the level of humidity of the room where you will fix panels. In the case of wood-based panels, humidity influence the contraction and the expansion of the wood. The humidity level should absolutely range between 30% and 50% inclusively.

Leave panels in the room where you plan to install them between 48 and 72 hours prior to installation to acclimate panels to the room’s temperature and humidity level. Place panels flatly on their length of 2.438 m (8 feet) against the wall in way to allow air circulation between panels.

Your walls must be leveled as much as possible. They must be clean, dry and solid. It is possible to fix panels on studs, but we recommend to fix horizontal brackets to strengthen the structure and increase joint quality. If you fix them beyond ground level or on exterior walls, use a vapor barrier of 4 thousandth under each panels.

Cutting

MURdesign's panels are made of high density fibers (HDF), the same component than laminated floors. To cut panels, use a laminated floor blade on a saw bench with finished side upward. If you want to use another type of electric saw, like a portable circular saw or a jig saw with fine teeth, place finished side downward. To cut ending point, measure and mark the area to cut, drill a hole at each corner of the area and use the fine teeth jig saw to cut till ending points.

Installation

Below the wall, trace a reference line with a level. This will allow you to ensure that panels are straight, even if your walls are not squared. Plan an interval of 0.476 cm (3/16 inches) in the corners, along windows and doors, and below and above panels. Before fixing panels, place them without glue to ensure they fit properly. They must be strongly fixed.

Use a panel adhesive or construction adhesive in the back of all panels. A bead of 0.635 cm (1/4 inch) will be sufficient as long as you apply it along the surface in the back and with a repetitive S-shape in the case you are applying dry wall panels. For a direct application on studs or with brackets, apply an adhesive bead of 0.635 cm (1/4 inch) on each stud or bracket.

Finishing

End by strengthening each panel with a finishing nail gun. Ensure that nailing has been done deep in grooves to avoid visible nails, and to make nails less appearing as well as increasing strength. Joints are always a sensitive place in construction work. 

Strengthen each joint following this useful tip. Apply an adhesive, like wood glue, in joints to prevent separation once panels are set-up. Then, take off extra adhesive following the manufacturer’s instructions

Maintenance

Clean panels with a clean cloth and soft soap. Avoid using strong soap as it may alter painting.