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Ceiling Track Installation Training
About Lesson

The wall to wall fixing method is used when the ceiling is not suitable for fixing the track system, where the track system cannot be fixed to the ceiling at any point.

A wall bracket can be used in combination with ceiling fixings when required. A wall to wall installation can be fitted in a in a straight line or in a diagonal direction as long as the fixings remain level. The wall to wall is also available between two parallel walls and two 90⁰ walls.

The section below will give full instruction on the recommended method of installation for a ceiling track system into a wall fixing.

A full assessment should have been conducted to ensure that the wall is safe for installation, but the installation engineer must always be vigilant and ensure that the track fixing locations are safe, any signs of cracking, or any other damage to the wall should be avoided. Depending on the type of wall material, the various fixing methods must be followed.

For ceiling track wall fixings, only solid walls are suitable for installation. This includes brick and block materials. To ensure the wall material is suitable, drill a small hole (7mm) where the wall bracket is to be fitted to check the material of the wall. A wall-to-wall fixing cannot be fixed directly above a door or window as the fixing cannot be fixed to a lintel. This will not be a sufficient fixing point to bear the load of a ceiling track system.

5.1.1 Aligning a Wall-to-Wall Track Fixing

When a track system is installed onto a wall fixing or a wall-to-wall fixing, it is essential to ensure that the track system is level to ensure that the fixings will align. Follow the guidance below:

1. Measure the length from the wall-to-wall fixing positions to ensure that the distance between the two fixings will be suitable. See section 1.1 for maximum track spans. Choose a suitable track for the installation.
2. Along the full length of the track installation, any obstacles must be avoided, this includes obstacles such as light fixings, sprinklers etc. To accommodate this, the wall fixings maximum height should be 50mm below the lowest obstacle on the ceiling. This will also provide a clearance gap for the track bracket fixings above the wall bracket upper face.
3. Determine a suitable location for the first wall bracket fixing. Align the wall bracket as close to the ceiling as possible to provide maximum track height. Depending on the wall type, the bracket must never be fixed to the top two bricks, as this will not provide sufficient strength to support the track system, always ensure that the fixing point is secure.
4. Place the wall bracket onto the wall and mark out all the hole fixings onto the wall with a marker/pencil.
5. Using a laser, the second bracket position can be marked on the opposing wall to provide a level fixing.
6. Once alignment is determined, ensure to place a wall bracket on the opposite wall and mark out all the hole fixings onto the wall with a marker/pencil.

5.1.2 Fixing the Wall Bracket to the Wall

When fixing the wall bracket to the wall, the best fixing method is to fix threaded bar directly into the wall through the process of chemical resin. There will be three fixings to support the wall bracket, and the threaded bar must be inserted a minimum of 70mm to provide suitable strength to support the ceiling track. The wall bracket must be installed into a wall that is in good condition, ensure that there are no cracks or weaknesses found during placement. When using the chemical resin, always ensure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions along with the guidance of this manual.

See section 5.1.1 for guidance on how to mark out the wall bracket positions on the wall correctly before proceeding to fixing the brackets.

Follow the guidance below to fix the wall bracket to the wall.

1. Position the bracket against the wall, at the maximum height below the ceiling/false ceiling to achieve maximum track height.
2. Ensure that the hole positions are already marked onto the wall. See section 5.1.1 if this step has been missed.
3. As the wall is solid concrete or similar block material, drill the three marked holes to a minimum depth of 70mm, this depth provides suitable strength for the fixing to support the track. A 16mm drill bit diameter should be used.
4. Drill the centre hole out to a depth of 30mm using a 7mm drill bit.
5. Once the holes have been drilled, they must be cleaned out, a hoover, air gun or hole brush will suffice.
6. Place the brown wall plug into the centre hole.
7. Align the wall bracket with the drilled holes to ensure that they align correctly and that the wall bracket can be secured horizontally.
8. Fix the bracket in place by inserting the 7×30 screw into the centre hole.
9. M12 threaded bar should be cut to allow a minimum of 70mm insertion into the wall along with an additional 20mm to allow for the wall bracket and fixings. Three M12 threaded bar is required for each wall bracket.
10. The chemical resin can be placed into the gun and tested to ensure the two resins are mixing correctly. The two resins are individually colored white and light grey, but when dispensing the resin out of its nozzle, they should mix into a dark grey color. Ensure that this is the color of the resin.
11. Inject the holes with the chemical resin, the resin should fill 50% of the hole capacity.
12. Insert the three pieces of threaded bar into the holes. This will force the resin to fill the full holes capacity.
13. It is highly recommended that the threaded bars are twisted into the holes to provide additional strength and mixing with the chemical resin.
14. Place a M12 washer and M12 nyloc nut onto the threaded bars and tighten onto the wall bracket for secure fixing.
15. Repeat these steps to secure the second wall bracket on the opposing wall. The wall brackets must be fitted directly opposite to each other for a level track fixing.
16. Allow each hole time for the chemical resin to cure, see manufacturers curing times in the table in section 1.4.
17. The track bracket can be directly bolted onto the wall brackets using an M12 bolt and nyloc nut, ensure to fit the bolt through the track bracket and into the wall bracket, securing it from above with the nyloc nut. Ensure to place the white cap onto the bolt above.