PVC strip curtains are a great way to improve efficiency in your commercial cool room, your truck, your loading dock door and multiple other places. They are also something that you can install yourself with just a few tools. While the specifics can vary, here's a brief look at the basics of the process.
1. Measure Your Doorway
Before you even order the PVC strip curtains, you need to measure your doorway. While measuring, keep in mind that the sliding strip is going to go over the door. To ensure the strips are long enough, consider ordering them with extra length and then cutting them to size when you receive them.
Also, when measuring the width of the doorway, make sure that you measure wider than the door itself. You want overlap between the strips and the edge of the doorway.
2. Attach the Fixing Bracket to the Rail
In most cases, your PVC curtain kit should contain a top sliding rail and a fixing bracket as well as some other components. The fixing brackets have holes, and that's what you put the hardware through so that you can affix the whole thing to the wall. Attach the fixing brackets as instructed.
3. Secure the Fixing Brackets and Rail to the Wall
Then, hold up the rail to the wall above your doorway. Make sure the rail is level, and mark when the fixing brackets hit the wall. Then, drill holes in that part of the wall. Place the bracket back against the wall and use screws to secure the hardware to the wall.
4. Install the Runner and Stops
Then, find a stop and install that in the rail. The stop prevents the runner from sliding out of the rail. Put in the runner. The runner should fit inside of the rail, and it should slide in. Then, add the second stop at the other end.
5. Add the PVC Strips
The runner should have nut threads protruding from it, and the PVC strips should have small holes in them. Position the strips so that the holes line up with the nut threads and push the PVC strip into place on the threads.
Then, put up the next PVC strip, making sure to overlap with the first thread. You can choose the amount of overlap you want. To explain, imagine that your first PVC strip has four holes in the top. You can put the second strip so that it overlaps on one, two or three of the threads. The more overlap, the harder it becomes for unwanted air to get into your space. Finally, cut the bottom of your PVC strips so they brush against the floor but don't drag on it.