LOCATING THE STUDS IN THE WALL
The most important part is to locate a strong place inside the wall to mount the brackets to (drywall or lath plaster is not strong enough). Alvas recommends mounting the brackets to wood studs inside the wall, which is the most common type of installation. Anything other than wood studs may require alternate installation instructions.
Walls will vary in construction and consequently so will the type of fastener needed to mount the Channel. The screws provided will work well on most walls with wood studs. Wood studs are normally set apart at 16” on center, vertically. Each bracket will need to be installed into a stud, which is why Alvas Standard Barres have hole/bracket spacing in multiples of 16” apart.
The first thing you want to do is to plot your wall. Use a stud finder to locate exactly where the wood studs are inside the wall. Then make vertical marks on the wall where the studs are so you know where the brackets can be installed.
IF USING A PRE-DRILLED BARRE
The distance between the holes in the Wood Barre will designate the location of the brackets on the wall. Use a tape measure to determine, based on the location of the studs, where you want to have your brackets. Mark these distances on the wall and use a level to make perfectly vertical lines at the marks. (Vertical lines should start at 29” from the floor and go up the wall about 15”).
IF USING A CUSTOM BARRE WITH NO HOLES
Use a tape measure to take accurate measurements between the marks on the wall and mark these distances on the Wood Barre as shown in the illustration. Mark these distances on the wall and use a level to make perfectly vertical lines at the marks. (Vertical lines should start at 29” from the floor and go up the wall about 15”).
To drill the holes in the Wood Barre, first use a 3/8” drill and make all holes 7/8” deep (NO DEEPER). Then go back to each hole with a smaller 5/16” drill and, in the same hole, go down another 5/8” making the total depth 1-1/2”. It is important that these holes are exactly parallel to each other and perpendicular to the Wood Barre. (A drill press makes this easier) DO NOT DRILL THROUGH THE BARRE!
ASSEMBLING THE EXTENSIONS INTO THE BARRES
Hand-screw all Extension Studs into the Wood Barre clockwise until the shoulders of the extension touch the wood. An additional 1/2 turn (NO MORE) may be necessary to straighten out the Extensions and make them perpendicular to the Wood Barre, and parallel to each other. Screw on the Wing Nuts, Washers and Square Nuts exactly as show in the illustration.