How to Measure for Wall Pad Cut-outs
Measuring for wall padding is a very simple process if you follow these steps. Most installations have some kind of cut-outs such as outlets, light switches, electrical panels, fire extinguishers, columns, windows, doors, etc. Wall pads are usually made to order and can be manufactured to fit on or over any obstacle. It can also be installed on steel, wood or concrete surfaces, and can extend over corners, columns, and doors, resulting in a continuous and professional installation.
1. Begin with a simple diagram identifying each wall on the diagram: “1, 2, 3, 4” or “North, South, East, West." This can be a rough hand drawing in all cases.
2. Refer to our blog post on "How to Measure for Wall Padding" and measure the entire length of each wall, writing the measurements on the diagram.
3. Draw any large obstacles such as doors, windows, electrical panels, outlets, light switches, vents, etc. on your diagram, so we can get a clear overview of the area. Indicate the wall you are measuring and its total length on each drawing, i.e. “West wall—58 ft.” (fig. A). Write the measurements for the cut-outs on your drawing.
4. Use the top of the baseboard/mopboard as your mounting point. This is where most pads will start (fig. D). Begin all vertical measurements from this point. If there is no baseboard, measure from the floor to the cut-outs, but don't forget to provide the manufacturer with the height from the floor to where the pads will be mounted - typically 4 to 6 inches from the floor (fig. E).
5. Provide horizontal and vertical measurements from the mounting point up, and from the same landmark and side of the room to every object that requires a cut-out (or hole in the pads): vents, light switches, outlets, microphone jacks, fire extinguisher cabinets, water fountains, windows, doors, etc.
a. Measure from the mounting point to the bottom of the object (fig. F)
b. From the mounting point to the top of the object (fig. G)
c. From the closest landmark to the closest side of the object (fig. H)
d. From the closest landmark to the farthest side of the object (fig. I).
e. Measure between objects (fig. K)
f. Measure from the farthest side of objects to the farthest landmark (fig. L)
6. Measure the height and width of every cut-out: vents, switches, junction boxes, etc. (fig. J).
8. Provide a digital photo of the entire wall, along with your drawing and measurements.
The photo will capture any objects that might have been overlooked.
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