Toolbox - March 2016
Noise Reducing Drywall
SilentFX QuickCut noise-reducing gypsum board is an alternative choice when compared to typical resilient channel or double layer wallboard applications. The product allows building professionals to achieve acoustical control through a much less complicated installation process. It scores and snaps like regular drywall and achieves more reliable lab to field STC results when compared to traditional methods, where errors often occur when clips and channels are compromised at the job site. Specifically designed for residential and commercial construction projects requiring a high STC rating of 50 and higher, the board can be used for interior walls and ceilings in new construction or renovations over wood or steel framing.
Drywall Framing System
ClarkDietrich Building Systems
ProSTUD with DiamondPlus coating represents the next generation in high-performance, code-compliant steel framing systems. The system combines ProSTUD’s benchmark performance with the chemically bonded corrosion-inhibiting properties of DiamondPlus coating, resulting in a highest performing drywall framing system in the industry. For more information, visit clarkdietrich.com.
Stop using cardboard shims and upgrade to Trim-Tex Shim in a Box. Unlike paper-based shims, these shims are made from PVC and do not act as a food source for mold. In addition, the product has large holes that allow stud adhesive to effectively bond the drywall to studs. The shims come in 48-inch strips that can be scored with a utility knife and snapped to custom lengths or cut with snips. For more information, visit trim-tex.com.
Acoustic Clouds and Baffle Systems
Zintra Clouds, which are comprised of grid-like blades, are available in four different products, with standard diameters are 43- to 47-inch, depending upon the shape (square or circle). The Zintra Acoustic Baffle System is an easy-to-install replacement for a traditional mineral fiber lay-in ceiling system. Available in two standard sizes and two baffle depths, the system comes with a pre-assembled frame ready to affix to the ceiling substrate or hang via ceiling rods and adjustable suspension hangers. The Zintra Acoustic Baffle System is aesthetically conscious and ideally suited to large noisy spaces.
Both product ranges are Class A fire rated and provide a noise reduction coefficient of at least 0.9. For more information, visit baresque.us.
All-purpose Wireless Radio
The Aquatune Series utilizes advanced Bluetooth technology for wireless listening on-the-go. It syncs seamlessly with any device and features their signature All Weather Sound technology for crystal clear playback in the world’s harshest environments. The Aquatune 9612 is an all-terrain, weatherproof speaker that unleashes rich sound for up to 12 hours of continuous play. It’s the perfect companion for all environments, including the job site. For more information, visit shopyatra.com.
Fire-rated Radius Wall
National Gypsum Co.
XP Fire-Rated 5/16-inch Radius Wall is used in double-layered construction. A one-hour UL tested assembly can be achieved with two layers, and a two-hour UL tested assembly can be achieved with four layers. The special Purple XP paper protects against mold, mildew and moisture, and is also abrasion-resistant. Combined with a denser core, it provides greater resistance to surface abuse when tested. The product scores and snaps easily, with no special handling requirements. Tapered edges allow joints to be reinforced with quality joint tape and concealed with quick set setting compounds. For more information, visit nationalgypsum.com.
Basecoat Stucco Pump Grade
The company’s Basecoat Stucco—Pump Grade is a flowable, high workability plaster particularly designed for spray applications. It is a fiber reinforced Portland cement based stucco, designed to be used as the scratch and/or brown coat in a three-coat stucco application, or the first coat in a two-coat application. The high quality pre-blended stucco meets industry specifications but is an economical and consistent alternative to traditional field or concentrate mixed stucco products. In addition, spray-applying the
Pump Grade in 3,000-pound bulk bags from a silo system enhances the productivity and reduces labor costs on job sites. For more information, visit quikrete.com.
The Spider Plus blow-in insulation is a re-engineered blow-in system and the latest addition to the industry’s most complete line of insulation products. This product replaces JM Spider spray-in fiberglass insulation and is ideal for residential, commercial and manufactured buildings. The insulation is designed for installation by professionals using a blowing wool machine and features “Interlocking Fiber Technology,” the company’s latest building science innovation, which allows the insulation fibers to spring and lock into cavities with no adhesive or netting. The product achieves an R-value of 15 in a 2x4 cavity and an R-23 in 2x6 walls. Visit jm.com for more information.
Pre-Formed Curved Panels
Translucents Canopies Panels are pre-formed curved panels ideal for use in gaming, hospitality, healthcare, retail and general office spaces. These panels are available in 20 décors and 24 colors, as well as in three styles: wave, vault and valley. The panels are easy to install; they have four connection and suspension points and can be installed individually or as part of a group. The panels are a whimsical and elegant addition to any space. For more information, visit usg.com.