There are a full range of tools that are specially designed to assist in installing floor panels and increase productivity at the job site. AAC masonry installation will also require the following standard masonry tools.
Unload bundles of panels in proper manner using approved unloading gear. If panels must be stored, place them in a clean area without standing water that is close to where work will begin.
Layout bearing lines using a tape measure, layout and chalk the bearing (bearing area is represented by red shaded areas 2 ½” minimum to 3” maximum) lines on top of walls using detail drawings approved for construction. Make sure all bearing, top-of-wall surfaces are level.
Attach panel lifting gear. Place panels in a flat position with topside up. Attach approved panel lifting gear (floor clamp) to the first panel. Be sure to observe manufacturer’s proper attachment procedures and safety guidelines.
The first-floor panel is lifted, placed and adjusted into exact alignment along bearing lines. A person is required to steady and guide each end of the panel. Note the edge profiling and mark number of the panel and install accordingly. Maintain minimum bearing according to drawings. Bearing pads should be placed on top of wall where the bearing of the floor panel will occur. Start the first panel with the groove facing the direction you will be laying the panels in or you will not be able to release the clamp when installing the next panel.
Repeat for remaining panels. Lay the remaining panels ensuring that each one is seated firmly beside the preceding one.
Placing last panel. The correct lifting gear will greatly assist placement of the last panel. Special procedures may be required if other lifting devices are used (i.e. slings or ropes).