Posts Tagged ‘install an archway’

A Simple Interior Archway built out of Stone

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Ever wonder how to build an archway out of stone? Well, the Arch-Rite Arch kit will help you achieve this beautiful feature for any interior application.

First step: Frame your opening to your desired dimensions and then order your prefabricated archway to give you the best quality radius to apply your stone too.

2nd Step: Drywall the opening. Use 1/4″ drywall for tight radii and 1/2″ for softer radii. Remember, it is always easier to drywall an archway when you are using the flexible line of drywall. If you do not have access to flexible drywall, simple wet the back of your drywall before using. This will allow the drywall to bend without cracking, or falling apart on you.

3rd Step: Add 15lb felt paper to the arched opening

4th Step: Attach Metal Lathe over the felt paper to the archway and sides of the opening

5th Step: Apply a layer of scratch coat to the opening

6th Step: Use manufacturers installation instructions when setting the stone. Apply thin set to your stone and place on your arched opening.

*Tip: Use nails and wires to secure the stone when they are placed upside down for safety reasons and peace of mind..

7th Step: Fill in the gaps between the stone with mortar. Always start from the top and work down.

*When building stone archways for interior purposes, mortar can have a tendecy to brush off and leave a sandy mess behind. If your joints are tight enough, sometimes grout will give a better finish without the mess.

Now step back and enjoy your stone archway! For more detailed instructions you may feel free to contact sales@arch-rite.com

Arch Construction: Building a Half Round Archway with Arch-Rite

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Measure the width of your opening to the nearest quarter inch. Then measure and mark down from the header along the stud the appropriate rise as indicated on the Arch-Rite Archway.

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For an opening deeper than a 2×4 wall, simply finish the “split cut” on the archway.

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Nail (or Screw) the archway to each stud and to the header of your opening.

That’s it! Remember, you can use the arch as a template for cutting your drywall after it is installed.

How to Build an Archway in Minutes with The Arch-Rite Arch Kit

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

We all should know to leave the hard work and precise jobs to the professionals, but where we can accomplish the same task with little effort and for very little cost, we should hop on the opportunity to do it ourselves. One example of a job that most people can achieve is putting in a simple archway into their home. Archways are popular and can transform any entryway / doorway into a beautiful architectural appealing opening.

Just like with any job, there are tricks and tools to make the job easier. For building an archway, the Arch-Rite Arch Kit is this trick! The Arch-Rite Arch Kit ships directly to your house and is ready for installation as soon as it is delivered. All you have to do is pop it out of the box and simply nail into place.  Let’s go over the simple steps to give you a better understanding.

Simply Measure the Width of your opening to figure which arch you will need to order from Arch-Rite.

2nd, Mark your opening.

3rd, Nail or Screw the arch kit into place. (Quick tip: If you do not have a nail gun, it is easier to screw into place.)

Optional 4th step, If your opening is greater than a 2″x4″ opening simply finish the split cut already provided on the arch with a circular saw. (Yep you have 2 equal pieces now)

5th Step, Nail or Screw each arch piece. One piece should run flush with the front of your opening and the second should run flush with the back of your opening.

6th Step, That’s it! You are Finished! Ready for drywall.

So next time a professional stops by your house you can let them know you put that arch up in 5 minutes.  You will have them scratching there heads and wondering in amazement!