b"GENERAL REQUIREMENTS- ALL PRODUCTSThe following installation instructions and guides are in addition to local and state regulations and the requirements of the National Construction Code(NCC).WeathertexprovidesasuiteofCADdrawingswhichshouldbeusedinconjunctionwiththeinstructionsinthisinstallation guide.Note:Alldiagramsinthisinstallationguidearefordemonstrationpurposesonly.Diagramsmayomitsomecomponentsforclarity. Deviation from standard applications and requirements detailed in this Installation Manual or supplementary Weathertex Construction Details may void the manufacturer's product warranty. The product specific installation instructions in this manual are applicable to steel and timber frames for both direct fix and cavity systems. Preparation steps must be followed for direct fix to timber frame, ventilated cavity construction and steel frame construction.Storage and HandlingWeathertex products should be stored flat, under cover and on timber bearers spaced at maximum 600mm centres. When storing Weathertex outside, keep the stack clear of the ground and cover with waterproof materials to prevent water staining.Note: Weathertex factory stretch wrap is not designed to keep stored product weatherproof and should not be relied upon for primary weather protection.Anodised aluminium products should be stored in a dry and flat position away from any potentially corrosive or incompatible materials. Timber or soft bearers at a distance no more than one metre apart should be used to support the product. Continuous exposure to moisture will promote corrosion. Metal edges and cut corners of the product can be sharp and may cause personal injury if not handled safely. Wear eye protection, gloves and protect skin when possible and when cutting avoid air borne metal fragments.Cutting and Working with WeathertexWeathertex products are easy to cut and shape with a normal hand or power saw. Primelok Weatherboards should be cut individually to protect the aligning spline. Weathertex may be stacked two or three high for multiple cutting. Where required, edges may be trimmed with a smoothing plane or sandpaper. Holes are easily drilled with high speed drills or clean cutter bits.The normal health and safety precautions should be taken when working with wood panel products. Machine tools should be fitted with dust extractors and work areas kept clean. If dust levels exceed Worksafe Australia Standards the wearing of a dust mask (AS 1715 and AS 1716) and safety glasses (AS 1337) is recommended. Storage and work areas should be adequately ventilated. A Safety Data Sheet is available for download on the Weathertex website:www.weathertex.com.auSite, Foundation and FramingFoundation design must comply with AS 2870 Residential Slabs and Footings - Construction and the National Construction Code (NCC). Timber or steel frames shall comply with the NCC. Where applicable, timber frames shall be constructed in accordance with Australian Standard 1684 - Residential Timber - Framed Construction. Steel frames must be erected in accordance with the manufacturers requirements. Frames shall be straight and true with studs at a maximum of 600mm centres. Timber shall be seasoned, as unseasoned timber is prone to shrinkage and can cause sheets and frames to move.Ground ClearancesLower framing timbers must be isolated from ground moisture by suitable damp-proof courses (DPC) or termite shielding. Similarly, Weatherboards orArchitectural Panels must not be placed in direct contact with masonry, brickwork or concrete. Where necessary, use strips of Alcor to isolate the materials.The bottom edge of Weatherboards and Architectural Panels must be kept clear of paved surfaces by a minimum of 100mm and a minimum of 225mm forunprotected ground (i.e. grass, gardens etc).Weatherboards and Architectural Panels must extend a minimum of 50mm below the bearer or lowest horizontal part of the of suspended floor framing for asuspended floor system. The grade of adjacent finished ground must slope away from the building to avoid the possibility of water accumulation. Typically thisis a minimum slope of 50mm over the first metre, however please refer to the minimum slope required from local building codes and regulations. Do not installso that Weathertex may remain in contact with standing water.*NOTE: To comply with termite protection provisions a greater clearance may be required. See Weathertex and Termite protection on page 17Moisture Management and FlashingWeathertex Weatherboards and Architectural Panels are intended for use as internal and external cladding in standards stud wall systems.It is the responsibility of the Designer or Specifier to identify moisture related risks associated with any particular building design. Wall construction design must effectively manage moisture, considering both the interior and exterior environments of the building, particularly in buildings that have a high risk of wind driven rain or are artificially heated or cooled. Adequate design of ventilation, flashings and moisture management systems must ensure that the wall cavity and the back of the Weathertex board will remain dry at all times.In addition, all wall openings, penetrations, junctions, vertical and horizontal joins, connections, window heads, sills and jambs or other components, must incorporate appropriate NCC complying flashing for waterproofing to prevent moisture exposure on the back of the Weathertex. Flashing materials and methods must comply with the requirements of relevant Australian Standards and the NCC. Failure to appropriately flash all penetrations will void the Weathertex Manufacturers Warranty. On walls projecting from the roof line in upper storey construction, keep the bottom edge of Weathertex Weatherboards 70mm clear of the lower storey roof claddings. Weatherproof with an approved flashing.17"