How to Attach the Starter Strips

Updated on April 10, 2024

In order for NextStone™ panels to be installed level and to avoid screwing through the rock face of the panel, the starter strip at the base of the wall must be level.

Step 1

Mark the wall horizontally where you want the bottom of the panel to rest. Measure up 2½” to 3″ depending on ground level surface and partially drive a nail at one corner for attaching your chalk line.

Step 2

Attach a chalk line: go to the next corner, repeat step 1, and pull the line taut. Make sure the line is level by using a line level or 4′ level.

Step 3

Snap the chalk line and repeat the procedure on each area to be covered.

Step 4

Backset the starter from the edge 1 ¾” for Interlocking Outside Corners, 2 ¼” for door/window trim, 3 ¾” for inside corners or 2″ for Sandstone Outside Corners.

Step 5

Place the top edge of the starter strip on the chalk line with the “v” at the bottom away from the wall. Screw the starter to the substrate using screws every 16″. Make sure Starter Strip is level. This will give ¾” clearance from the bottom of the panel to the ground. If additional clearance is required, adjust the starter strip height accordingly.

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