Fixtures and fittings – how to secure to your Hebel walls
Often we are asked by homeowners about how they can secure fittings to their Hebel walls – items such as light fittings, taps, downpipes, clotheslines, hot water services and hose reels. Using the right fitting for the relevant fixture will help avoid damage occurring to the wall.
We recommend homeowners seek advice on their individual home from their builder or designer before drilling holes or securing any loads onto their Hebel walls.
What not to fix directly to Hebel walls
Homeowners should be aware that items such as gates, decks, pergolas, carports and basketball hoops can cause vibrations or excessive loads on Hebel walls – and they shouldn’t be secured to the walls. There is a solution; fixing them to posts that are independent of the wall will ensure the load isn’t directly transferred to the Hebel panels or blocks. If in doubt please contact CSR Hebel on 1300 443 235.
Drilling and sealing
Holes, or penetrations, can be drilled in Hebel walls using a masonry drill bit fitted to a standard drill, not a rotary hammer one. When the hole has been filled with the fixture or components such as brackets, the gap around should be filled with an external grade sealant. Note that any hole is a potential source for water ingress.
Common fixings for use with Hebel
Holes can be drilled in Hebel walls using a masonry drill bit fitted to a standard (not a rotary hammer) drill. Once the penetration has been filled with the required cables or the like, the gap around the penetration should be filled with a reputable flexible sealant such as Sikaflex polyurethane sealant.
Below is a table which outlines what you need for common fixings to Hebel.
Fixing heavy and/or vibrating loads
Heavy or items such as gates, decks, pergolas, clothes lines, carports and basketball hoops can cause vibrations or excessive loads on Hebel walls. The solution is fixing them to posts that are independent of the wall will ensure the load isn’t directly transferred to the Hebel panels or blocks.
These fixings are available through selected hardware outlets and building suppliers around Australia, you can search for hardware stores on our website here.
The friendly CSR Hebel team is happy to provide assistance to homeowners in doubt. Contact us on 1300 443 235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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