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SMARTWALL Installation

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Wear goggles or safety glasses, work gloves and an approved dust mask when cutting panels. Use an approved respirator in dusty or enclosed spaces.


Accumulated wood dust can contaminate a home and be a food source for mold. To prevent in-home dust concentrations, clean up dust and cut panels outside or in a well ventilated garage.


Safety shoes, 2" and 6" Drywall Trowels, Hand saw, Drill and screw driving bit, Two saw horses or stands, Chalk line and plumb line, Level and Tape Measure, 4" Hole saw (if needed), Scissors, Safety glasses

1. Plan the layout

1 Wall Plug
2 Light Switch
3 Blank Panel
4 DRICOREĀ® Subfloor

How many panels are required?

How much DRICORE Subfloor do I need?
Length of each wall?
How many blank wall panels do I need?
How many light switches panels do I need?
How many electrical outlets (1 every 8-10 feet) do I need?

2. Install DRICORE Subfloor

DRICORE Subfloor is a patented moisture barrier that keeps your family warm and dry. The simple, do-it-yourself solution insulates your basement, protecting furniture, flooring and electronics from potential damage. DRICORE Subfloor also promotes indoor air quality by allowing your concrete to breathe, reducing the potential for mould and mildew.

3. Install tracks

Leave a 2" space at each bottom corner.
Top track first. Attach to floor joists - use 2" x 2" lumber.
Floor track second. Attach to Subfloor - use 2" x 2" lumber.
Offset track by 2 5/8" from the front of the top track to the front of the bottom track.

4. Install your first wall panel

Measure the height and cut the top of panels to size - never cut the bottom.
Secure the panel using 2 1/2" screws at the bottom and 5" screws at the top.

5.Install subsequent panels

Use Wall Plug & Light Switch panels as needed. It is recommended to install one Wall Plug every 8-10 feet or as required by the local building code.

6. Installing Inside Corners

Cut the last panel to fit by removing the tongue side. When installing first new section of wall use a bead of PL Premium Glue at the inside corner.

7. Installation of wiring

Wiring should always be installed by a licensed electrician. If possible, it is best to feed the wires through the horizontal channels as you install the panels. However, your electrician must first approve. Otherwise, the wiring can be run after all SMARTWALL panels are installed by using a wire fish. The SMARTWALL system is only rated for 15amp circuits. - DO NOT install 20amp circuits or larger in the SMARTWALL system. - The intended operational voltage of the SMARTWALL system is 120VAC.

8. Finishing the panels

One of the many conveniences of the SMARTWALL system is the patented "Micro Bevel" edge detail, which eliminates the traditional taping stage of finishing the drywall surface. The micro bevel also means using much less filler to achieve a finished surface, resulting in far less sanding and therefore less dust created. It also speeds up the process of the drywall finishing, reducing to a single day what would normally be 3 to 4 days of much more intense work. It is important to use ONLY the SMARTWALL Patch Pro for seaming the micro bevels and inside and outside corners seams. It is specially formulated not to crack in normal use applications.