Installation Instructions For Column And Post Wraps
Antico Elements` Stone Post Wraps are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. Even though the installation is very simple, make sure to read the instructions to avoid problems and gaps.
Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )
• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw, jigsaw, etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screwdriver/drill if using screws)
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL Premium
• Safety Glasses
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Cutting our Post Wrap Panels:
If you need to cut the height of our Post Wraps to accommodate for your project’s dimensions, you can use different types of wood saws. The ideal would be a large miter saw but you can easily use a table saw, hand saw, or jigsaw. Make sure that you measure each panel from the same direction and make the cuts on the same side of all 4 panels. E.G. If you have four panels marked “A” and you cut off the “A” side from 2 panels and the B side from the other 2, the post will not interlock correctly. Always cut the 4 panels in the same spot.
You should have received one or multiple sets of 4 flat panels. Although they can be glued together and have them free-standing, we suggest the following steps to anchor the panels to an existing post or support.
Each 36″ panel should have an “A” or a “B” stamped on the top or bottom edge. Make sure that each 36″ post is created by 4 As or 4 Bs. If you mix the two together they will not interlock.
The 72″ posts will have both A, on one side, and B on the other. Make sure you line up all the As or Bs before assembling them.
Begin by creating 8 braces out of plywood or any water-resistant material, like pressure-treated wood. Although ideal, it is not necessary to build an exact “L” shaped bracket, you may create something similar by nailing/screwing 4 pieces of wood together at 90° or simply making 4 straight pieces of wood and nailing them on the four sides of the pillar. The important part is to make a frame around the pillar that is 11-7/8 x 11-7/8 inches (and 15-7/8 x 15-7/8 for our larger 19″ Columns.
These steps can be also followed if instead of wood posts you have round metal posts. You may pre-drill the metal to drive the screws in and secure the brackets.
A different way to build the brackets:
The overall outside dimensions of the brackets should be about 1/8″ less than 12″ (or 16″ for out 19″ columns), the inside dimension will vary depending on the size of your post/pillar. The reason for making the frame 1/8″ smaller is to ensure that the 4 post panels will interlock completely at the corners and leave you some “wiggle room”.
In the example below, we have used an 8″ post so the brackets are 2″ deep.
These instructions are based on a 36″ Post Wrap so you may need more than 2 braces if using taller Post Wraps.
Nail/screw some wood blocks on the post/pillar to create a mounting surface for the brackets. When positioning these mounting blocks, keep in mind that the brackets should not be installed higher than 36″ above ground ( or the height of our Post Wrap Panels ) otherwise the Cap will not rest on the panels’ edge and you will have a gap in between the two.
The bottom brackets should also be installed a few inches above the ground, to keep them dry.
Now that your brackets are installed it’s time to attach 2 of the 4 panels. As mentioned above, each post should be created by four A or four B panels.
You should use some construction adhesive between the “fingers” for better hold. Use some galvanized finishing nails or temporary screws to hold the “fingers” of the panels tightly together until the adhesive sets.
Position the panels against a corner created by the brackets. Again, make sure the bracket is not installed above the top edge of the panels.
You may use construction adhesive to glue the panels to the brackets and drive some of the above fasteners from the face of the panels (possibly in the grout lines) into the brackets.
Now you can snap panels 3 and 4 together as you did with the first two to create a second corner.
Now position these two panels on the opposite side of the post to complete the four-sided Wrap. Glue/nail them to the first two panels.
Our posts can also be stacked. You can cut a section from one post and stack it on another to reach your desired height. We strongly suggest that these cuts be made along the grout lines to hide the seams. These seams can be easily caulked and painted with our Our Touch-Up Kits.
Our Caps come in 2 interlocking pieces OR in a solid cap. The middle opening, for the open caps, was created for a 6″x6″ post so it might need to be cut larger to fit your post size. The closed caps can be also cut to accommodate smaller posts. You can easily do that with a jigsaw. If you have odd-sized posts or end up with gaps between the post and the Cap’s opening, you may use one of our small Trim/Molding to cover those gaps.
We strongly advise caulking at least the gaps between the Cap and the wood post to prevent water from going inside the post and possibly rotting your mounting brackets if they are made out of non-water-resistant material.
For better results, you can caulk the areas where the panels snap together at the “fingers”. Our Touch-Up Kits can be used to paint the caulk to match the colors of the stones.
The easiest way to create a fence with our faux stone column wraps is by first installing a waterproof (like pressure treated) post into the ground and securing the base with some by pouring some concrete around. This post can be smaller than the one shown above.
Now, you need to screw some spacers and blocks around the post so that the overall dimensions are 1/8″ less than the inside dimensions of our post wraps.
-For our 15″ wraps, the framing width should be 11-7/8
-For our 19″ wraps, the framing width should be 15-5/8.
This way you will allow 1/8″ of “wiggle room”.
Two sides of the center post must have vertical strips of material, as high as the inside of the Post Wraps, to have a solid surface on which to fasten the railing.
Next, install the post wrap around the framing, as highlighted in the first part of this page.
Once the post wrap is glued, screwed in place and the adhesive is set, you may install the railing directly over the post wrap.
Here you can see the importance of having a full, vertical strip of material glued and screwed on the inside of the post, where the railing will be fastened.
It is not necessary to cut a hole in the faux stone to fasten the railing.
When our products start to show some accumulated dirt you may easily clean it with water and soap. When choosing a detergent make absolutely sure they are not of a harsh or abrasive nature.
Those materials that contain bleach or any chemical solvent, such as paint thinners, are not recommended.
Using a wet, soft, brush apply some mild detergent such as car wash soap on the panels.
With a circular motion making sure to work the soap in all crevices and grout lines.
Once the water and soap have been applied they can be easily rinsed with water. When outdoor a water hose will work great.
A pressure cleaner may be used as long as the pressure is not high. We also recommend keeping the nozzle at a distance of at least one foot.
Although the finishes used are specifically designed to be exterior, UV resistant, some fading under harsh sun exposure may occur during the years, just like any other product. If a company promises a lifetime or full and very long warranty on fading, they probably don’t plan to be in business for long. We do plan to serve our customers for a very long time, so we are very honest and upfront.
We strongly suggest applying a UV blocker, clear coat (ours or any other purchased by the customer) to any outdoor material on a regular basis (every 2-3 years). Your local paint store will have a Urethane UV inhibitor paint that can be sprayed or rolled. This will help preserve the beauty of our products.
Congratulations! Your job is done and you can now enjoy an incredibly realistic stone look.
As always, we are available for questions and assistance at any step of your project.
Thank you. Antico Elements.
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