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.
Using one of the vertical marks where the wood studs are located, with a tape measure, measure up 29” from the floor and mark a horizontal line. This is where the bottom of the Channel will be. Then take the Channel, hold it against the wall and line it up so the vertical (wood stud center) mark goes directly through the center of the holes in the Channel. The bottom of the Channel needs to be even with the horizontal mark. Use a level to make sure the Channel is 100% vertical- make any necessary adjustments before proceeding. Then make circular marks inside both holes in the Channel. Those two circular marks are where the screws will go through the Channel and into the wood stud behind the wall. Measure the distance between the extensions on your Wood Barre and then use a tape measure to map out the locations of the other Channels, following the same instructions.
The next step is to pre-drill into all of the circular marks. The holes in the wood studs should be drilled slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws to assure a snug fit. Hold the drill perpendicular to the wall with the drill bit in the center of the hole. Slowly drill the holes right through the drywall and into the wood stud.
Then hold the Channel up to its marked location (the bottom of the Channel has a bend in it), place the screw in the top hole, and screw the screw almost all of the way into the hole. Line up the bottom hole of the Channel then screw the bottom screw in all of the way. After, tighten the top screw again, screwing it in all the way. Follow the same instructions for the other channels
MOUNTING THE BARRE ASSEMBLY TO THE WALL
On the Barre assembly, twist the Square Nuts so that the ends of the Extensions are flush with the Square Nuts. Then holding the Barre with the Extension Units attached, slide the Square Nuts down inside the Channels. Lower the Barre assembly to the location desired, hold the Barre level and tighten the Wingnuts. Grab the Wood Barre at the point where the Extension shoulders touch the wood and wiggle the Barre up and down while tightening or loosening the Wingnut.
ADJUSTING THE BARRE HEIGHT ON THE BRACKET
Grab the Barre next to where the Extension shoulders touch the wood. Give the Barre an up and down wiggle, as needed, while loosening or tightening the Wingnut. Then slide it up or down the Channel and wiggle to retighten the Wingnut.