How to Fix Internal Wall Cladding

Start cladding from one corner and fix systematically along the surface area. Allow a 3mm gap at the ceiling and floor or skirting for ventilation. Offer up the first section, position it carefully and check its accuracy with a spirit level along the edge. The remaining panels should then be true when fixed, Fix the panels using 19mm-25mm panel or lost-head pins.

Each panel edge should meet in the centre of a vertical batten. Dovetail pin at about 75mm intervals through the v-grooves and at intervals through the grooves into the battens along each panel.

Drive the pins just below the face of the panel with a nail punch. The small surface holes left can be filled with beeswax or a proprietary stopper.

A smear of woodworking adhesive can be applied to the edges of each board and the tops of battens to prevent panels from bowing between the panel-pin fixings.

Before working round switches or points, switch off the current. Unscrew and lift out the point. Locate the panel temporarily in position and drill a hole to align with the switch patrice. Pull the wires through the hole, measure the size of the switch backing, then enlarge the hole.

Use a handyman’s knife or pad saw to cut out the hole. First score the surface and then carefully cut deeply until you are through. Use a metal straight edge to guide the handyman’s knife so that this does not slip and mark the surface. Reconnect the wires and reposition the switch.

Pin through the panel around the square batten support. Mark the fixing positions of the screws of the switch or point with a bradawl, drill holes and screw the plate of the unit back on.


Where the ceiling line is uneven, the top of the panel should be scribed to match the contour. Cut the panel slightly oversize and hold it tightly against the ceiling. Place a piece of scrap plywood or hard-board hard to the ceiling and at right angles to the cladding.

Run this along the ceiling with a marking knife held beneath and transfer or scribe this contour on to the face of the panel. It may help to keep the panel accurately in position if it is temporarily pinned. Check the position carefully before cutting.

Ceiling cladding

A ceiling can be clad in a similar way to a wall surface. First, fix a batten framework to the ceiling. It is necessary to establish the position of ceiling joists and fix battens to these.

Panel sizes may have to be adjusted to enable joins to match the line of the battens; this may mean cutting panels and mitreing the edges to provide a neat v-joint.

It is useful to have help when fixing ceiling panelling. Alternatively, you can make up an elongated T-shaped prop of 50mm x 25mm timber, with the upright slightly longer than the floor-to-ceiling height, to wedge the unsupported end of the panel while fixing. The cross-bar can be about lm long. This device is sometimes called a ‘dead man’s hand’.

10. November 2011 by admin
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