How to Install Panel+ Adhesively | Interior Application
Old Mill Brick Panel+ system is designed to be installed adhesively over the Old Mill Brick liquid weather barrier (exterior) or directly onto a variety of substrates such as cement and concrete (interior). This option allows for optimal moisture drainage and long term performance.
To install Panel+ panels adhesively, you’ll need your foam panels, Old Mill Brick thin set adhesive, a grout bag, trowel, a level, and a box cutter or other sharp knife. Start on the bottom corner of your project. For your first row of panels, cut the bottom edge so that you have a row of complete brick. You can easily cut a straight line in the panel using a box cutter or razor knife along the top of the last convex groove on the panel.
Apply your adhesive to the back of your 4’ X 4’ panel. Attach your first panel by pressing it on firmly. Use a 4’ level to ensure the panel is straight.
Apply the adhesive for your next panel. Use your level and line it up next to the fist. Continue along the bottom edge, making cuts as needed to finish the row. Once your full bottom row of panels is secured, you can start to work your way up. Stagger each row so that your joints are in the middle of the previous row’s panels. Use the groove at the bottom of each panel to lock the next row onto the top of the previous row.
Continue to follow this pattern, making cuts to the panels as needed, until your wall is covered.
When all of your panels are installed, use a foam shaping rasp to even out the joints if there are any that aren’t flush.
To learn how to install your brick and for more information, visit oldmillbuildingproducts.com/installation.
How to Install Panel+ with Fasteners
The Old Mill Brick Panel Plus System is designed to be installed over plywood using our Panel Plus fasteners. This guide will walk you through the installation process step by step.
- Box cutter or sharp knife
- Panel Plus foam panels
- Moisture barrier (Old Mill Air and Water Barrier recommended)
- Drainable Tyvek stucco building wrap (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Plywood Wall
Before installing the foam panels, cover your plywood wall with a moisture barrier. We recommend using our paint-on Old Mill Air and Water Barrier. Alternatively, you can use a drainable Tyvek stucco building wrap as a moisture barrier.
Step 2: Start with Bottom Outside Corner
Begin installing the foam panels at the bottom outside corner of your wall. To ensure a seamless look, you’ll need to cut the bottom edge of your panels so that a full brick can be placed at the very bottom of your project.
Step 3: Secure Foam Panels
Install the foam panels using the Panel Plus fasteners and screws. Ensure that the fasteners are flush with the panels to create a secure attachment.
Step 4: Check for Level and Alignment
Use your level to verify that you are installing the foam panels straight and evenly. Start by screwing the fasteners into the wall studs to provide a sturdy foundation. Then, add one fastener for every square foot of the panel.
Step 5: Install the Brick
To complete your project, follow the specific instructions for installing the brick. For detailed brick installation guidelines and additional information, visit our website at Old Mill Brick Installation.
By following these steps and utilizing the Old Mill Brick Panel Plus System, you’ll achieve a secure and visually appealing brick wall installation. For more information and comprehensive installation instructions, please visit our website at Old Mill Building Products.
How to Install Old Mill Panel+ System
Here’s a step-by-step guide for installing an Old Mill thin brick system on an exterior wall:
Step 1: Gather the Required Tools
Before you begin the installation, gather the necessary tools and materials, which include:
- Razor knife
- Peanut grinder
- 18-volt drill
- Fasteners with screws
- Drought bag or cake bag
- Grout tool
- Four-foot level
- Tyvek stucco wrap (for the exterior wall)
Step 2: Prepare the Exterior Wall
Ensure that the Tyvek stucco wrap is installed correctly on the exterior wall. Confirm that the overlap of the lap seams is at least six inches, as per your local building codes.
Step 3: Prepare the Old Mill Thin Brick System
Examine the Old Mill thin brick system. Note the unique features of the high impact polystyrene panel, such as the cut grooves on the back for moisture disbursement and built-in shelving for brick alignment.
Step 4: Begin Panel Installation
Start from the bottom outside corner of the wall. Adjust the brick on the very bottom by cutting the panel so that a full brick touches your flashing. Ensure your cuts are at the top to end at the top of the wall.
Step 5: Secure the Panels
Use a four-foot level to line up the panel with the studs at 16-inch intervals. Fasten the panel to the wall, making sure the fasteners are flush with the panel.
Step 6: Install Corner Bricks
For the corners, use Old Mill brick corner pieces. Lay out the corners on the corners of the wall, making sure your cuts are on the inside.
Step 7: Apply Adhesive to Corner Bricks
Using an icing bag (similar to a cake bag), apply adhesive to the corner bricks. Start from the top of the wall and work your way down. Ensure a 3/8-inch bead of adhesive.
Step 8: Install Corner Bricks
Place the corner bricks in their channels, making sure to create a slight set back and move them up and down as needed for proper alignment.
Step 9: Align Brick Rows
Use a level to create reference marks for aligning subsequent rows of bricks, ensuring they are level and evenly spaced.
Step 10: Cut and Install Individual Bricks
Cut bricks as needed using a wet tile saw or grinder. Install the individual bricks, maintaining a small gap between the brick and the flashing at the bottom.
Step 11: Allow Adhesive to Cure
Let the adhesive set for at least 24 hours to ensure a secure bond between the bricks and the panel.
Step 12: Mix Mortar Mix
Prepare the mortar mix by checking its consistency. It should resemble icing in texture. Allow it to sit for 8 to 10 minutes.
Step 13: Fill a Grout Bag
Fill an icing bag (or similar) with the mortar mix. Ensure the bag is positioned correctly, folded at the edges to keep it clean.
Step 14: Grout Between Bricks
Use the grout bag to fill the gaps between the bricks. Squeeze and twist the bag to ensure even grout application.
Step 15: Tool the Grout
Smooth and shape the grout with a grout tool or an oak dowel. Ensure that the grout extends slightly past the brick for proper sealing.
Step 16: Clean Excess Grout
Use a stiff bristle brush to remove excess grout from the brick surface. This will reveal the finished appearance of the brick.
Step 17: Check for Proper Curing
Monitor the curing process as you work, ensuring that the grout is not setting up too quickly. Press on the grout; if it does not stick to your finger, it’s ready.
Step 18: Touch Up
Fill any gaps or missing spots with additional mortar mix as needed.
Step 19: Final Cleaning
Use the stiff bristle brush to perform a final cleaning, ensuring a clean and polished appearance for your brick wall.
Step 20: Completion
Your Old Mill thin brick installation is complete. The finished result should be a beautifully installed, lightweight, and durable brick wall. For more tips and information, visit Old Mill Brick’s website.
Remember to follow safety guidelines and consult with your local building codes and regulations throughout the installation process.
Looking for Brickwebb or Thinbrick? Check out our installation guide at Old Mill Building Products.