Welcome to Easycrafts frequently asked questions section. Within these pages, you will find the most frequently asked questions (and their answers) about our products. These questions are to assist developers, builders and DIY users.

Products

▸ Can Easycraft be fixed to Steel Frames?

Yes, a number of manufactures produce suitable fixing systems for Air powered tools for this purpose. Check with your local Hardware Supplier for more detailed information.

▸ Can I fix sheets straight on to brick or rendered walls?

Batten Method

It is Recommended that horizontal furring channels or battens spaced at 450mm centres be fixed to the masonary to keep boards from being in direct contact with the masonary wall. This allows air to flow behind the sheets and helps eliminate the affects of condensation on the back of the sheets.

Easycraft wall linings must not be subject to water at any time

▸ Can I join sheets end to end?

Easycraft does not recommend sheets be joined end to end.

Easycraft sheets should be long enough to cover most applications having lengths up to 3.6 metres, however if there is a need to install sheets with end joins an expansion gap should be provided and the join/expansion gap covered with a timber moulding of your choice.

▸ Can I use Easycraft in wet areas?

Easycraft is manufactured from MDF MR (Moisture Resistant MDF), which can be used in high humidity areas such as bathrooms, laundries and kitchens, however MDF MR is not waterproof and should not be used in areas that will expose the board to water.

When Easycraft products are left wet, the board will breakdown and eventually fail.

MDF substrate products must not be exposed to water at any time. Easycraft recommends that you consult a building professional or AS 3740 1994 "Waterproofing For Wet Areas Within Residential Areas", for guidance prior to installing in kitchens and bathrooms.

MDF MR complies with Wet Cyclic Test Moisture Resistance Properties as specified in Table 4.2 of AS/NZ1859.2 – 1997.

▸ Do I have to paint the back of the sheet?

Easycraft recommends that the back of the sheet be painted with a primer coat before installation when using it in bathrooms, laundries, kitchens and all ceiling applications or internal linings on perimeter cavity walls.

Painting the back of the sheet minimises the potential for water absorption.

▸ Do I need to glue the plastic joiner into the sheet?

There is no need to glue the joiner into the edge of the sheet. They are a neat fit and usually hold themselves in place until the sheets are installed.

▸ Do I need to join the sheets on the studs?

Easycraft wall linings have a unique joining system known as the "easyJoining strip".

When using this system there is no need to join on the stud however it is recommended that when joining between the studs (450mm centres) that noggins be installed at intervals no more than 700mm apart to support the join.

 

▸ How do I fit the plastic tongues into the edge of the sheet?

The Plastic Tongue is fitted to the sheet during manufacture however if for some reason it has separated from the sheet it can be easily fitted into the edge of the sheet by pressing in. 

Always run the strip along the entire length of the sheet. This will ensure maximum stability and will allow for flexibility if any structural movement occurs. No special tools are required.

▸ I am installing directly under a metal roof. Do I have to use insulation between the lining and the metal roof?

It is not a requirement of the board installation, however we do recommend the back of the sheets be primed for ceiling application to act as a moisture barrier and any insulation added would also assist with temperature variances. 

▸ If using as a ceiling lining do I batten first?

For ceiling applications it is recommended that battens be spaced at 450mm and noggins at 900mm intervals where the sheets are joined between the battens.

▸ What glue is recommended for fixing the sheets to the frame?

A FLEXIBLE construction adhesive should be used, similar to what you would use for a Plasterboard product application. Allow one 320 gram cartridge per sheet.

Products such as Gyrock Acrylic Stud Adhesive or Max Bond Construction Adhesive can be used. Consult your local Hardware store for the most suitable product they have available. 

▸ What nails do I use?

We recommend that you check with your local hardware supplier for the latest up-to-date suitable product available.   

Nails must penetrate at least 30-40mm into the wall stud.

Special care will need to be taken when fixing over existing linings. Always punch nails and fill with a suitable timber filler and sand before painting

▸ What spacing is required for studs and noggins?

Easycraft wall linings have a unique patented joinging system known as the "easyjoin system" which helps provide additional support when joining sheets.

We recommend that studs be spaced at minimum 450mm and any joins between studs to be supported with noggins spaced at no more than 700mm apart. 

▸ Who can install Easycraft products?

Easycraft wall linings can be installed by a (capable) DIYer or alternately we recommend you consult with a registered builder or carpenter to assist with the installation. 

You could also consult your local Reseller who may recommend qualified builders or tradespersons experienced in using Easycraft products.

▸ Can I install the wall panels behind a conventional domestic gas oven and stove?

We recommend you install our wall panels at least 100mm away from any heat source (electric) and 200mm any heat source (gas).

Always consult your Local Building Code Regulations which can override these recommendations.

▸ Can I install Easycraft panels over an existing tiled wall?

We would not recommend applying our panels directly onto a tiled wall. We recommend you remove the tiles as the wall panels need to be secured to the frame work and studs.