Reference marks which are sometimes called ‘story lines’ are a necessity for most jobs. These help keep the courses lined up so as to match adjacent panels and properly space brick in their designated areas. The
VersaLiner, as with any brick template system, is prone to expand, contract, and in general display elastic tendencies when installed. Reference marks along the side rails and bottom of form give the installer a visual check point to lay to. Brick rarely move or shift as long as they are properly placed, bounded with a fixed element such as rustication or form-edge, and care is taken during the concrete placement.
Adhering liners to the form or bed is generally unnecessary. The bounding rustication
and edges of the form will hold the liner from moving laterally, and proper concrete placement and vibration will keep the brick and liner from rising. If the brick area is not bounded by some rustication or form element then it may need to be secured to the form face. A two sided tape or adhesive will work well for this. Staples or nails may be used with care. They may have a tendency to cause the brick to fit irregularly into the pockets. Once the brick is properly assembled into the liner it is extremely unlikely to move. Care must be taken during this assembly to check coursing as the installation moves along. Liners may have to be compressed or expanded slightly in order to
stay on course, but when the brick is fully installed its weight will hold them in place. All panel features such as openings, steps, and rustications should be in place prior to applying VersaLiner. It is strongly recommended that a rustication be attached along the perimeter of thin brick areas whenever possible. Rustications at the edges of brick aid in properly spacing it, and give a sharp clean transitional boundary. These rustications or ‘feature strips’, are generally not less than 3/8” wide and at least 1/4” deep, and are firmly secured to the form face. Various methods of attachment can be used: nailing, tape, hot-glue, and magnetism to name a few. It is good to also calk both the inside and outside of the rustication prior to installing liner and brick.
D. Applying VersaLiner™ Liner
Take care to note whether the first course of brick requires a full or half unit. It is desirable to match brick edges to those of the adjacent panels, both in alignment and spacing consistency. A spacer or ‘full’ brick should abut another like unit. The exception to this is at inside corner junctions, or overlaps, where it is irrelevant. Properly prepared shop drawings which are drawn transparently from the back of the panel, should display which brick to start with (e.g., half or full).
Full mortar joints are usually removed from the perimeters of the brick areas. This is easily accommodated by cutting or sawing the VersaLiner prior to installation. A utility knife will easily cut through the liner. Trimming in this way is the most common and simplest. However, if time and planning allow, it is often more efficient to saw multiple liners at one time. A band saw is ideal for this operation. For any repetitive cutting this is a great time saver
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