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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1.Which Rotofast fastener should I use for my panel installation?

Rotofast Standard Anchor

Rotofast Snap-on Anchor

Rotofast Cloud Anchor

2. Where can I buy Rotofast Products?

3. How many Rotofast Anchors do I need per panel?

4. Can I place a stand-off behind the panel?

5. Can I order extra marking plugs or hex tools?


1. Which Rotofast fastener should I use for my panel installation?

The Rotofast Standard Anchor is the best choice for most wall and ceiling panel installations. Panels installed with the Rotofast Standard Anchor are secure, easy to remove and adjustable during installation. The Rotofast Standard Anchor requires that the installer penetrate the face of the panel with the small scratch awl provided. This is to mark anchor locations on the wall or ceiling behind the panel. Most acoustical panels are covered with acoustically transparent material such as Guilford of Maine FR01 fabric. The hole made by the scratch awl during installation can easily be concealed by moving the fabric weave back into position.[click here for additional information]

It can be more difficult to conceal the hole created during installation on panels covered with vinyl, tightly woven fabrics or very light colored Guilford of Maine fabrics. The best choice for installing these types of panels is the Rotofast Snap-on Anchor.

The Rotofast Snap-on Anchor is a two part fastener designed for use with most panels, including those covered with vinyl, tightly woven fabrics or very light colored Guilford of Main fabrics. The Rotofast Snap-on is easy to use and very secure. Panels installed with the Rotofast Snap-on are not as easily removed as those installed using the Rotofast Standard Anchor and have less adjustability during installation.

The Rotofast Cloud Anchor is used to create a hanging point for the panels installed in a "cloud formation". Cloud panels are suspended from the ceiling with wire, chain, monofilament, etc. with the back of the panel parallel to the ceiling. Rotofast Cloud Anchors are simply screwed into the back of the panel at locations recommended by your panel manufacturer. (see #3)

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2. Where can I buy Rotofast Products?

Ask your panel manufacturer to provide Rotofast as a fastening option. Most manufacturers can provide Rotofast fasteners with their panels. Rotofast products can also be purchased directly from Rotofast Inc. Check our Orders & Inquiries page.

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3. How many Rotofast Anchors do I need per panel?

Rotofast panel anchors have been tested to have a pull-out strength of approximately 45 pounds in 6 pound per cubic foot acoustical insulation. This testing was conducted using samples from all the major acoustical insulation manufacturers.

Site conditions or insulation density/thickness could affect the number of fasteners required. If unsure contact your panel manufacturer.

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4. Can I place a stand-off behind the panel?

Stand-offs are used to separate a panel from the wall or ceiling surface to increase acoustical performance. Stand-offs are also used to enhance visual design. Stand-offs are usually made from wood stock and Rotofast Standard and Snap-on anchors are simple to use with a stand-off.

Example: Stand-offs can be made simply by cutting wooden board stock to the desired size (ex. 2x2x1 thick). A hole is drilled through the center of the stand-off to accommodate the Rotofast mounting screw. The panel installation is done exactly the same as if the panel was being installed directly to a wall.

Place the stand-off between the Rotofast Standard or the Rotofast Snap-on ratchet plug and the wall. Screw length must be extended to accommodate the stand-off (ex. 1-1/2 #8 for direct mount, 2-1/2 #8 for panel with 1 stand-off).

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5. Can I order extra marking plugs or hex tools?

Yes; marking plugs, hex tools, screws and inserts can be ordered separately directly from Rotofast.

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