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post #1 of 8 Old 10-07-2008, 08:20 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi guys

I have been heavily searching the forums looking at all th threads on the track system but am still a bit puzzled and wonder if anyone can help.

I am looking to have multiple panel sections and at a glance it would seem best to use the FS280 which holds two fabrics at a joint, however I cannot see how you would achieve neat corners using this track where the horizontal and vertical meet. Do people normally just create squares using the FS250 and see some track in between panels? Or am I missing something?

Any photos of track up before fabric would be awesome, thanks in advance.
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It will be somewhat difficult, but should be doable with FS280. You need to do a tricky miter cut on the end, so the end looks like the point of a spear:
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What makes it hard is you can't use a power miter saw since it would just shatter the end. I've successfully used a power scroll saw to trim the ends of track, but it would be hard to do perfect 45 angles that way. You'll probably have to cut the ends by hand using a miter guide box and a fine blade hand saw.

You can order 1 piece of track to experiment on. I recommend not jamming the ends tight against each other, but leave a 1/8" gap between them which makes tucking fabric in the corners much easier.

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I at one point was going to use the fabricmate system also. I had posted a thread like yours and a fellow AVS member was kind enough to share the link to his photo's of his install which I saved I hope they help

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Thanks guys thats awesome

And Wooly, what an amazing link, great save!
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I'm just getting started with my Fabricmate installation, but I have successfully cut it with a DeWalt power miter saw. The trick is to get a high tooth count blade. I found one at Home Depot which I think was 80 or 100 teeth. Just a cheap steel blade; no need for carbide teeth or anything fancy. Cuts cleanly and leaves a nice smooth cut.
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I will be nailing the track to 2x1's do i need to use adhesive as well as the nails as per Woolys link?
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Adhesive not really necessary. If you're using air tools (highly recommended), you should use narrow crown staples for better holding power.

Have you received the installation manual from Fabricmate? If not, PM me your email address.
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I'm yet to place my order, as i am based in the UK i am just working everything out as i want to get the order right (track types etc) first time

A manual would be great, PM sent, Thanks.
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