Installation of ElectraLock ESD Tile
Easy, Fast and Reliable. No Odor, Adhesive, Headaches or Disruptions Required!
Note: All ESD Tile must be shipped, received and stored FLAT to avoid damage!
Note for covering concrete: If the slab has exhibited vapor emission issues (such as water forming beneath floor mats or a taped down 18" x 18" plastic sheet per ASTM D4263) contact United before proceeding.
1) Sweep and Vacuum the substrate.
2) Concrete: Fill the expansion joints and holes in the concrete (for the best finished look) using steps 1 through 3 of this method or fill them with SikaFlex Concrete Fix (available at all Lowes and Home Depot Stores). Be sure to follow the directions for SikaFlex and level it out so it is flat with the concrete. Filling the joints eliminates any potential "telegraphing" (slight sinking of the vinyl) that may occur over an extended period of time.
3) For all subfloors: Once the subfloor is clean, smooth and as flat as possible install the ground foil. For Electronic manufacturing the Aluminum Foil that comes with your order is normally used. For energetics the copper foil ground method is normally used.
4) Start your install: of the tiles in the center of the room. To locate the center of the room measure the length of adjacent parallel walls (divide the room in two). Mark this point with a pencil and snap a chalk line. Repeat this process on the opposite walls. Place a tile in each of the 4 quadrants (where the lines intersect). Align the teeth of the tiles and tap them together (get them started) using a non-marring dead blow hammer. Finish setting the tiles by rolling with a 100 pound vinyl roller.
Note: It's important to keep the hammer head and roller carbon free (the full surface backing contains a small amount of carbon and when the tiles are tapped together slight carbon/vinyl burrs may occasionally form). Covering the heads of the dead blow mallets with pieces of microfiber towels works well (change them out if they become dirty).
5) Build your structure: Trim the tiles to the walls and encumbrances using a razor knife. To trim against walls simply measure the distance needed to butt up close to the wall. Using an L Square scribe a line with a razor knife. Bend the tile backwards and it will crack along the line.
This same process (scribe and crack) may be used to remove the teeth (square up the tiles). Hint: Warm the tiles slightly with a heat gun when cutting around tight areas or into the corners of doorways etc. When warm, the tiles will cut easily. This method may be used to trim the final tiles to the wall if easier than scribing and cutting. For a clean finished look Install transition strips in doorways and along exposed edges in walkways.
6) Initial Deep Clean: For the best finished look clean off any debris and smudges from the installation process using ElectraClean in conjunction with a swing machine and a maroon pad. Or, (for small installations) ElectraClean and a Doodlebug floor scrubber with a red pad works well. Once clean, two thin coats of ElectraGlaze may be used on these tiles to seal any micro gaps and provide an easy to clean higher gloss.
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