1. “Make SMARTWALL level, not flush with your floor.”
Kristen of Storefront Life had to deal with sloping floors and limited ceiling height in her basement. She found that when installing DRIcore SMARTWALL, she was better off making the panels level instead of flush with the floor. “If we made the panels flush with the floor, they were crooked on the wall. We ensured each piece was level, which meant small gaps on one side of the bottom of each panel. This will all be covered with trim in the end.” She discovered using DRIcore levelling shims also helped to adjust DRIcore Subfloor panels to the right height with her uneven and sloping floors. These shims simply fit over the cleats on the underside of the panels.
2. “Use a circular saw and make sure your saw blade is sharp.”
When cutting SMARTWALL panels to fit, always cut from the top of the panel, not the bottom. Tara of Suburble says she found it easier to cut the panels with a circular saw first and then to use a handsaw to cut through the remaining layer of foam insulation. “Make sure that your saw blade is sharp! If it’s dull, you’ll tear the drywall and paper on the front of the panel. And that’s no fun.”
3. “When installing DRIcore Subfloor, always start with the groove side out.”
DRIcore Subfloor panels need minimal equipment to install as they are designed to interlock with a tongue and groove feature. Christine of The DIY Dreamer recommends measuring your first row prior to installation. “Make sure that your last panel is at least 3'' wide. When you start your second row, the panel must be at least 6'' wide. Once you have your first two rows done, follow that pattern until you are finished the entire room.” She also warns about cutting the panels in the right direction. “We accidentally cut our first piece horizontally instead of vertically.”