Gypsum Board Finish Levels

Gypsum board is the most common wall and soffit finish in the US. One finish does not fit all applications. Specifying appropriate gypsum board finish levels helps control project costs while producing the desired aesthetic results. So what finish level..

Owners - What did you buy?

Friday, an architect asked for help researching a question about metal stud installation for interior partitions. The question was the result of a site visit. The resolution needed to be speedy. Monday the contractor planned to install gypsum board,..

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass construction is simple - glue two or more panes of glass together to form a composite single pane. Wait, nothing is ever that simple. What can be used as the glue? What benefits and limitations do the glues have? What considerations might..

Studs and Piping

Metal stud cut for plumbing piping is structurally useless.

It's Not Your Father's Greenboard

Greenboard gypsum panels

Metal Stud Deflection Track

What are the common types needed for virtually every commercial building? Metal stud deflection tracks accommodate movement, both vertical and lateral. Do you know what criteria govern the track selection? Do you know the questions to ask? Learn what..

Efficient Construction Documents

What is the best way to ensure consistency and high quality in your construction documents?

Fire Resistant CMU

Did you just severely restrict, or eliminate competition by including a UL design number for fire resistive masonry partitions? Unknowingly, perhaps. Learn what options are available to meet code requirements for fire resistive concrete masonry units. It..

Choosing Mortar Types

The strength of mortar relative to the materials being installed is critical. Mortar must be strong enough and flexible enough to allow the structure to function as designed. Learn what mortar types are available and what cements may be used in mortar..

Fireblocking and Draftstopping

Combustible construction can provide perfect paths through concealed spaces to allow fires to spread quickly and undetected. Fireblocking and draftstopping combine to minimize these perfect paths to help protect the property and the occupants. Learn..

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