How to mount surfaces

There are many different types of surfaces to choose from, depending on your project you
may choose a particular surface as oppose to another due to a particular characteristic
which may make it the right choice for the job. Follow along to find the right approach for
your next project no matter the material. The rule of thumb is to screw surfaces that are a 1/4″
or thinner from the top
and surfaces that are 1/2″ or thicker can be fixed from the top or the bottom.

estimated reading time 10 minutes

What you need to complete the project

  1. Level your surface


    Whether you’re using a 3/4″ plywood as a surface top or a 1/8″ acrylic panel as a divider, use the ao-shim to level any surface. You can always add or remove ao-shims as need be. The important part here is to have enough to prevent the surface from bouncing and or vibrating when in use, space out the shims to be every 8″, 12″, 24″ depending on the size of your surface.


    If you want a flush finish where you will screw from the top you will need to pierce through the surfaces,ao-shim, and pipes with a drill bit then fix the flat-head screw flush to the surface.




    The thickness of the surface will determine if you have
    the option of fixing it from the underside using an ao-emt1 with a wood screw or from the top.

    In order to use this accessory, the thickness of the surface should be at
    least 1/2″ thick  for the  accessory screw to be fixed properly




    You can use the ai-corner to embed surfaces or panels into your structures, if you use it for surfaces ensure you have the correct thickness for fixing from the underside.

    For this method combine the ai-corner with an ai-center to add supports across the span of your structure


    if fixing it to panels, dry erase boards, or presentation boards you can fix it using a nut and bolt, simply pierce the area where the bolt will pass through on the surface, and don’t forget to secure the ai-corner to the structure using self-tap metal screws click on the video above to watch how we do it at flexpipe




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Esteban Solano - Webinar, Design & Assembly Specialist

Esteban has assembled more than 250 Flexpipe structures. He is a woodworker by trade who built his house from the ground up! Originally from Costa Rica, Esteban grew up in Florida where he studied industrial design. Esteban speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently and he has garnered work experience in several countries.