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Question 1
What is the recommended size and grade of steel for HardieFlex® fiber cement board?

Recommended grade of steel is Grade 60
Depending on the application: minimum flange width of 35mm

for ceilings, use 0.55BMT - 0.75BMT

for partitions, use 0.75BMT - 1.6BMT

Question 2
How many fasteners do I need for one sheet of HardieFlex®?

Applications Size(in mm) Screws on Metal Frame Nails on Timber Frame

HardieFlex® ceilings 1219 x 2438 58 112

HardieFlex® walls 1219 x 2438 51 51

HardieFlex® wet area walls 1219 x 2438 61 61

HardieFlex® senepa 254 or 305 x 2438 11 11

HardiePlank™ siding 208 x 3656 10 10

HardiePlank™ Flooring 600 x 2400 36 NA

Question 3
What is the recommended size and grade of steel for HardieFlex® fiber cement board?

You can either use HardieStop Base Coat or HardieFlex® Putty Jointing Compound to get best results. This must be used
along with the HardieFlex® Perforated Paper Tape. Alternatively, you must use an all-purpose two-part epoxy when
jointing HardieFlex® Flooring. You may view the full installation details of HardieFlex® Flooring here:
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Question 4
Can I use gypsum putty, epoxy or skim coat putty for flush jointing HardieFlex® sheets

No, only HardieStop Base Coat or HardieFlex® Putty Jointing Compound can only be used for flush jointing of
HardieFlex® sheets. These were specially formulated by James Hardie™ R & D to work in conjunction with James
Hardie™ building products to provide a seamless finish.

Question 5
Can I use gauze tape in the flush jointing of HardieFlex® sheets

No, it is not recommended to use gauze tape for flush jointing. Use the recommended HardieFlex® Perforated Paper
Tape. This was designed to be used in conjunction with the HardieStop Base Coat or HardieFlex® Putty Jointing
Compound to achieve the best results.

Question 6
What are the specifications of a nail recommended for installing HardieFlex® fiber cement board?

Nails must be protected against corrosion and zinc-coated or galvanized with a head diameter not smaller than 6mm,
shaft length of 32mm, and shaft diameter of 2.3mm.

Question 7
Can I use gypsum or the black screws to fasten HardieFlex® sheets to light gauge steel frames?
No, never use gypsum or black screws. Only use HardieDrive Screws. HardieDrive Screws are self-drilling and are fully
threaded to firmly secure HardieFlex® sheets to light gauge steel frames.

Question 8
What screw sizes are appropriate for each thickness of HardieFlex® sheet?

HardieFlex® Screw Size HardieFlex® Sheet thickness

HardieDriveScrew 20mm long HardieFlex® 3.5mm & 4.5mm

HardieDriveScrew 25mm long HardieFlex® 6.0mm & 9.0mm

HardieDriveScrew 32mm long HardieFlex® 12mm

HardieDriveScrew 32mm long wing-tipped HardieFlex® Flooring 16.0mm

HardieDriveScrew 38mm long wing-tipped HardieFlex®siding

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Question 9
What is the recommended size of screw for HardiePlank™ siding?

You must use the HardieDrive Screw 38mm long wing-tippedwith a recommended light gauge steel stud thickness of
0.8mm to 1.6mm BMT . It is specially developed for HardiePlank™ siding.

Question 10
What is the effective coverage of HardieStop Base Coat and the perforated paper tape?

One kilogram of HardieStop Base Coat has an approximate coverage of 3.7 linear meters while one roll of perforated
paper tape can cover at the most 20 HardieFlex® sheets

Question 11
What are the types of paints that can be used for HardieFlex® fiber cement boards?
The most economical type of paint recommended for HardieFlex® fiber cement boards are water-based (latex) paints.
Acrylic, vinyl, and PVA are all water-based paints as well. Acrylic can be used for both external and internal applications.
Vinyl and PVA are for internal applications. Oil-based (alkyds or enamel) paints can also be used on HardieFlex® fiber
cement boards, although they would cost more than water-based. These types of paint also need undercoats because
these paints soak in too far.

Question 12
Do I need to prime HardieFlex® sheets before I apply paint?

As long as you use the recommended water-based paints, you can directly apply paint to HardieFlex® sheets after all the
joints and fasteners have been covered.

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