Flush Surrounds Instructions

Assembly Instructions for Flush Surrounds

Congratulations on your new Fireplace surround purchase. You have purchased a premium product that will undoubtedly add beauty and warmth to your home. These instructions will show you the proper way to assemble your surround for installation.

Premier Woodwork produces surrounds to accommodate several types of facings, such as tile, Gallery Stone, 3/4" marble, 3/4" slate or Heat-N-Glo's Versatile surround. These facings must be set after your surround is attached to the wall. If a raised hearth will be used, the hearth must be set before the surround is installed.

All surrounds are pre-assembled at our facility to assure a correct fit. Next, the craftsperson signs the surround. Then the flush surrounds are dis-assembled for shipment.

ASSEMBLY: This should take about 2 - 15 minutes

  • Step 1: Unpack your surround carefully and make sure that all of the components are present.
  • Step 2: Place the mantel top with the valence on the floor, with the valance in the upright position. (See FIGURE 1 for reference). Insert each leg into place in the mantel top and attach them with the 1 1/4" screws. (NOTE: be sure to line up the pre-drilled screw holes in the legs with the screw holes in the mantel top.) Once the legs have been fastened in place, the surround is ready for installation. Set the sticking and non-combustible or wood filler kit aside until the surround has been installed on the wall.

Now you are ready to install your new surround!


FLUSH INSTALLATION: This should take 15-60 minutes


• Electric or cordless drill
• Drill
• Nail Set
• Belt Sander (If scribing)
• Philips Bit
• Hammer (or Air Nailer)
• Pencil


FIGURE 2 shows the assembled surround centered over the fireplace. Holding the surround in
place, mark the outside of the legs, top and bottom, with a pencil. At this point, check the fit of the surround to the wall. Is it making the desired contact with the wall? If so, proceed to the next step, NAILERS. If not, use a compass or pencil to mark the difference between the wall and the surround for the removal of excess material called tolerance. Typical tolerance is 1/2". This is the amount of material that can be removed easily with a belt sander for a correct fit. (Note: No wall is "true", that is, no wall is perfect plane. Scribing is used to adjust for any discrepancy between the wall and the surround.


Is the act of belt sanding the back of the surround until it is flush all along the wall removing any gaps from the wall. Scribing may not be necessary in all applications. With the surround in place, take a pencil, hold it flat on the wall and follow all the way around the surround, making a line on the surround. This line is the exact shape of the wall. If necessary use a belt sander to remove the material up to the line. Replace surround and if applicable fasten to wall. If not, repeat until desired fit is achieved.


FIGURE 3 shows the placement of the nailers included with the surround. Form the mark made during the dry fit, measure towards the fireplace 13/16". Using the nailer strip as a straight edge, connect the new marks with a pencil line. The outside edge of the nailer will be attached flush with this new line, as shown in FIGURE 3. Drive 2 1/2" screws (provided) through nailer into the wall, staying 4" from ends to avoid splitting. If solid material is not present, back the screws out of the wall and insert wall anchors (provided) into these holes with a screwdriver. Then remove the nailer strip and insert the wall anchors provided into the holes you have previously drilled. Be sure the anchors are flush with the sheetrock and take care not to over tighten the anchors. Put the nailer strip back in place and drive the 2 1/2" screws into these anchors.


Replace the surround over the nailer strips and using an air nailer, trim head screws, or finish nails, fasten surround to the strips. Be careful to be close enough to the wall to attach to the strips. Also, it is important that you have the surround pushed securely against the wall to remove any gaps that are present. Recess the nail heads with a nail set and use color putty (not provided) to fill these holes and match your desired finish. This step will secure your surround to you wall.

There are three inside trim pieces with every surround, on header and two legs. This trim finished the inside of every surround and makes up the difference between the surround's inside edge and the outer surface of the non-combustible or wood filler kit. Set the inside trim pieces into place and secure them to the surround by using an air nailer, trim head screws or finish nails. Use a nail set to recess the nails and color putty (not provided) to fill the holes to match to the desired finish. Figure 4, shows a complete installation.

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