Thank You For Your Order
Before you get started:
- Please check the contents of your kit.
- If there are any issues with the contents of your order including the size of your panels, Relax! We meant when we said, we will resolve any issues and we are as nice as your grandmother. We are here to please.
- After you've installed, if there is some issue with the stability of your panels, please call. Quite often there is an easy solution and perhaps more fastening hardware we may need to send to you. We should have an idea or two to help with unforeseen conditions. Read more about sizing errors.
- Don't be the "I'll-just-wing-it" type. We wouldn't have written all this information if it wasn't worth reading, so PLEASE READ and WATCH VIDEOS. It will definitely save you time, aggravation, and potentially a costly mistake. If something isn't going right, RELAX. We are always here to help if you get stuck.
Step 1: Mount Your TrackPre-drill 4 holes per straight track. The track has no brackets, just straight tracks, sometimes curved tracks, splices and end caps. If your project turns a corner, start at the outer corners and work your way back to the house. Leave enough of a gap in each track segment to enable yourself to feed panels on and off track. Prepare your panels by snapping "carriers" onto the top of your curtain panels (pliers help). Let's first get those magnetic doors prepared first and then we will get the panels up onto the track.
Step 2: Prepare Your Magnetic Doorways (if any)This is far easier to do when panels are in your lap instead of hanging on the track in the breeze. Setting up a doorway requires inserting magnets and fiberglass rods. Rather than try to tell you how to install, we would like to show you how with the videos below. Spacing of magnets depends upon your wind conditions and it is really up to you. For an 8-9ft tall panel, try 5 pairs. 2" from top and bottom, center, then split the differences. If wind conditions are particularly strong, consider adding another bottom magnet which is most likely to separate first and start a chain reaction.
Step 3: Insert Panels On To TrackPanels are labeled in sequential order (look beneath green tag). For non-rectangular panels (with slopes or notches) there is a definite right and left side to the panel. For subtle slopes, you can compare the length of a vertical edge to see which is longer. Notches are easy to spot. For rectangular panels, left and right doesn't really matter, however you want to be consistent and curtains look a little better if the carriers are not visible to the observer (when snap carriers are snapped to the opposite side of the panel). Once all panels are up on the track, inspect them before permanently placing marine snaps. Panels will blow in the wind until fasteners and elastic cords are in place.
Step 4: Add Marine Snaps
Marine Snaps and Wind Direction
Marine snaps are added as needed, but positioning is important. The female snaps you place are comprised of a black or white button and a stainless steel socket. The button should face against the wind and the socket should face in the same direction as the wind is blowing towards. Let the wind reinforce the male / female snap connection, otherwise the wind will try to pry the connection loose. Some clients order the fully refundable $130 snap tool when applying many snaps while those that don't will receive an economy tool. See videos below.
Placing and Spacing
- Make sure when placing snaps that you don't encroach on the outer most channel that holds fiberglass rod.
- Along top - in two upper corners of panel. These are weak points that need reinforcement, especially on either side of doorways
- Sides - About every 2-3 ft. Five up a side evenly spaced seems to work well
- Bottom - As needed, but typically every 5 - 10 feet
- You can always add more snaps as you watch panels perform in the wind
Step 5: Optional Hardware
If You Are Using Adhesive SnapsBe sure to read instructions and allow them to cure 24hours before doing ANYTHING or they are worthless! Place your adhesive snaps on some cleaned surface. Don't snap to them, don't touch them, and try not to even look at them. Wait 24hrs for the adhesive to cure. Then use the snap tool to place female snaps. A little tension between snaps will force the webbing to lay flat for a good seal. If for some reason you may not have applied them correctly, try an adhesive appropriate for the attachment surface material (typically masonry). We have provided screw studs as a fail safe back up.
If You Are Screwing Into MasonryFirst, you must drill a hole using a MASONRY drill bit. Your only outside purchase from any hardware store will be plastic concrete anchors that you will insert into the hole to receive the screw of the male snap. The plastic anchor is very important or the screw will chew away at the masonry making an unusable hole and will not hold.
If You Are Using Elastic Cord
Elastic cord acts as a rib that braces the curtain in the wind. Elastic cords are often place where panels turn a corner but can be placed anywhere to add significant stability to your panels. Fasten the provided D-rings above the panel and below (typically into floor). The cord is NOT fastened to the panel itself in any way. Elastic cords are particularly important if you have a panel that straddles a corner taking a path INSIDE the column. In this case the cord acts as a false column giving the panel something to go around to maintain a crisp corner.
- We have placed a leash clip on one end.
- Cut the cord to the desired length tight enough to be effective but not drum tight causing too much stress.
- Place the free leash clip on the cut end and fasten to D-rings.
What To Do About Errors?We have a very small error rate (about 1 in 200). First, we are very sorry and sometimes wish we weren't human. Even though these are hand made, it is disappointing when you receive something that isn't right. Rest assured, we will resolve it in a way you will agree is more than fair, regardless of how it happened