How to install C & D series Ducted Skirting

Installing Ducted skirting is a task that can be accomplished easily and without any specialized tools. These easy to follow directions will have your skirting installed and looking great in less time than you thought possible.

Cutting your Skirting

After measuring your skirting, you can begin cutting it to size. The C & D series, aluminum skirting should be cut using a drop saw with a 100 tooth, aluminum saw blade. As a general rule, the more teeth the blade has, the smoother the cut will be. You should always cut through the top part of the base section before bringing the saw slowly down onto the vertical parts. This will produce a smoother cut with fewer burrs.

Laying out your Skirting

When placing the ducted skirting, use packing material to elevate the base sections to between 5 and 10 mm above the floor itself so that any floor coverings slide easily underneath. Never install the base flush with the floor. Use a pair of vise grips to ensure that any corner joints are kept perfectly aligned during installation.

Securing the Skirting

Fasten the base section to the wall at each end of the sections using screw fasteners on both the top and bottom. After the ends are secured, add more fasteners alternating along the entire length. Adhesives such as liquid nails can where problematic wall surfaces require extra grip. One the base is secured, remove the packing material spacers.

Aluminum bonding rods are provided for joining sections together. For corners, bend the aluminum rod (120mm piece) at a near 90 degree angle. Position the rod along the extruded grooves in the base sections and then tap it into place with a small hammer. Using a hammer and either a flat head screwdriver or a punch, tap the rod fully into the extruded grooves until it is securely in place. Your duct is now ready for fitting outlet kits or cable storage.

Placing an Outlet Mount Kit

Fasten the PVC shroud into the desired position and run your cables to it and then place the outlet kit cover plate onto the shroud.

Placing the Covers

Now it’s time to measure and cut your cover sections. You’ll get better cuts if you use a styrene cutting block to secure your cover during cutting. If you don’t have a cutting block, a section of discarded base will work just as well. When cutting, always cut through the bottom of the cover first and then cut slowly down through the “lip” of the cover.

Find the bottom edge of the base and then press downward and in to clip the cover onto the base. Tap with a rubber mallet to close any gaps and then fit any modular corner clips that are needed. Use a soft adhesive when fitting any end stops to prevent them from becoming dislodged.

It doesn’t seem that anything could be this simple, but it is. You are now ready to install outlet faceplates and turn on the power to your newly installed outlets.