The Wahoo Walls BasementThe ultimate DIY Basement Finishing System!
The following steps are a simplified version and provide the basic installation of your wahoo walls basement remodeling solution. Measure the length of the basement walls you want to finish. Measure the height of your basement. Wahoo Walls come in 4 ft. by 8 ft. panels, or you can build a soffit down to 8 ft. around the perimeter of your basement. Soffits are a great look and provide a place for canned lights. Decide how many panels you will need. Add up the linear length of your basement walls and divide by 4 ft. (panels width) for the number of wall panels you will need.
Let’s get started.
1. Measure 3 inches from the foundation wall and make a mark
2. Snap a chalk line along the wall using the 3 inch marks. (You may need a friend or use a concrete screw to hold the other end)
3. Repeat this process along each section of wall you will be installing.
4. Aluminum track is laid with the vertical flange closest to the concrete wall and the FRONT edge of the track is along the chalk line.
5. Mark track from edge every two ft. marking the center of the track. Concrete fasteners should be set at 24” intervals with an additional fastener 2” from the end of each section of aluminum track.
6. Drill in the center of the track at these markings. Choose 2” hammer set nail and the masonry drill bit recommended by the concrete fasteners manufacturer.
7. Repeat this process to secure all the track to the floor of your basement.
8. Now you’re ready to secure the track to the ceiling. First you must install your ‘”firestop” or draft stop as recommended by your local code official. This is generally a 1×6 board nailed to underside of floor joist.
9. Transfer the same chalk line to the ceiling. This can be done by using a level and a straight edge. (Our aluminum angle/track can work as a straight edge) If you are more comfortable you can use a plumb-bob and a string. Snap your chalk line on the ceiling above every floor track.
10. Using the chalk line as your reference secure the track to the ceiling using drywall screws.
11. Install your first wall panel starting at one corner. Cut wall panel to the correct height and put in place.
HINT: Be sure to measure each area panel will be placed. Do not cut all panels at the same time. Basement heights can vary in different areas of the basement. Measure and cut 1 at a time.
12. Use a level and shims to place panel correctly. Straight vertical line is important.
13. Predrill pilot holes using a 6”x 1/8” drill bit for the pan head screws provided in with your hardware. Use 4 screws to secure top and 4 screws to secure bottom for a total of 8 screws per wall panel. The following are the recommended distances. Drill all holes 1’ from the top and bottom edges. Drill 2 screws 4 inches from each edge and the 2 center screws 12 inches from the edge screws.
HINT: Avoid placing a screw into a wiring channel.
14. Now to insert your spline. You may want to use a 2×4 and a rubber mallet to insert the spline. Apply a thin bead of low VOC construction adhesive to the backside of the MGO facing sheet – accessible down the spline recess. The goal is to adhere the MGO spline to the MGO facing material of the wall panel NOT adhering the spline to the EPS foam core.
15. Insert spline press into place or use 2×4 and rubber mallet.
16. Next measure and cut your next wall panel. Bring in your wall panel. Remember, it is important to measure each section of wall before you cut each wall panel to height.
17. Apply another thin bead of adhesive to the inside face of the wall panel that will receive the spline. Line up wall panel with the spline and Slide wall panel into place. Use mallet and 2×4 on the opposite end as needed.
Hint: Wipe any excess adhesive that seeps out with a damp terry cloth towel.
18. Secure wall panel to the track with 8 of the provided 4” self-tapping pan head screws. Follow step #13 again.
Hint: if the wall panel is cut to a shorter width (ie. less than 4 ft. wide) then all 4 screw are not necessary.
19. Repeat for the remaining wall panels.
20. Cut wall panels outdoors wearing recommended personal protection equipment.