The skill level required is similar to that of putting up kitchen cabinets or a row of shelves.
1. Decide at which level you would like the rail. Check around the whole room/area to see if that works everywhere, it's better to have it all on one level. If there is a cornice then tight up against that is ideal; the rail is then almost invisible (especially if painted to match). If there is no cornice and the rail needs to be fixed so it is touching the ceiling then it is recommended that you use the 'Locator Extra system', otherwise the rail should be fixed a minimum of 20mm below the ceiling-line for the following reason; it's very difficult to physically drill the required holes so close to the ceiling. For very high ceilings you could, of course, install the rail much lower, due to the possibility that you may need to reposition the hangers frequently.
2. For the Beta or Avanti systems, offer up the rail with a spirit level (where needed), and mark the holes. Drill the holes 35mm deep (6mm drill bit for masonry walls), insert suitable plug (plugs supplied for masonry as std, wall-mates can be used for plasterboard walls), and fix with screws supplied. When you have marked the holes for the adjoining rail, drill erring towards the previous rail. This will ensure the join is nice and tight (Avanti and Beta systems only). Towards the end of one section or wall, make sure you won't be left with a section of rail long enough only for one fixing hole, you may need to cut the last two pieces and allow for at least two.
Once the rails are fixed, use the supplied screw-caps to conceal the screw-heads.
3. For the Locator systems simply draw a straight, level line at the chosen height, make two marks no less than 50mm in from either end of where the first rail will be, (to allow for the connector, LC), then four more marks evenly spaced between. Make sure the drill is horizontal so as to fasten the fixing bushes (supplied) flat to the wall, allowing for successful 'snapping' on of the rail. Where there is a long run of continuous Locator rail or it runs wall to wall, a notch can be cut from the back lip of the hanging channel, at one end of each rail if necessary, to facilitate the insertion of the standard hangers.
The main principles for installing the Victorian top rail have already been described although there is a slightly higher level of skill required. The rail, however, (unless otherwise requested) is mitred at both ends so you can start from an internal corner of the room working from the left. The mitres at either end where they meet will enable a professionally concealed join. Fill holes with appropriate wood filler, then carefully smooth over with sandpaper for an almost invisible fixing.
Here is a video of how you can install our Locator Minirail. Please click here to watch our other installation tutorial movies for different systems.
How do I install the Locator Extra so it touches the ceiling?