The Gypsum Construction Handbook

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The Gypsum Construction Handbook, sixth edition

The full version of The Gypsum Construction Handbook.

Chapter 1 - Drywall & Veneer Plaster Products

Describes complete line of construction products, including Sheetrock brand gypsum panels and Imperial brand gypsum base for drywall and veneer plaster construction, sheathing and ceilings. Also, beads, trims, framing, insulation, fasteners, adhesives, joint compounds, coatings, tapes, plaster finishes and textures.

Chapter 2 - Framing

Framing practices and procedures for wood and steel framing. Includes details for resilient channel installation, chase walls, furred ceilings and walls, and door and window openings.

Chapter 3 - Cladding

Detailed instructions for installing drywall and veneer bases in single and multiple layer configurations. Also covers predecorated panels, water resistant panels, sheathing, insulation, fixtures and specialty materials. Provides information on fastener requirements and special constructions such as curved surfaces, arches, soffits, etc.

Chapter 4 - Backerboard Installation

Durock brand cement board products and installation procedures, including proper attachment, taping and finishing. Encompasses moisture and climatic considerations, proper framing, fasteners, and finishing options in baths, kitchens, floors and specialty uses.

Chapter 5 - Finishing Drywall Systems

Complete guide to proper joint treatment and surface preparation for drywall construction. Includes installation of corner beads, trim and control joints; hand and mechanical finishing with setting-type and drying-type compounds; addresses special environmental and lighting situations. Covers textures, resurfacing and redecorating.

Chapter 6 - Finishing Veneer Plaster Systems

In-depth instructions for selecting, preparing and installing veneer plaster systems appearance and abuse-resistance options. Encompasses one-coat and two-coat veneer plaster systems and specialty finishes.

Chapter 7 - Conventional Plaster Products

Describes full line of conventional plasters, laths and accessories for successful completion of plaster systems. Helps evaluate specific situations and end-use requirements to match plaster products to needs. Includes gypsum and plaster laths, beads and trims, clips and screws, framing components and specialty plasters.

Chapter 8 - Conventional Plaster Applications

Comprehensive guide to plaster systems, including framing installation, base and lath application, accessories and control joints, plaster mixing and application and finishing options.

Chapter 9 - Acoustical Ceiling Design & Application

Complete information on selection and installation of acoustical ceiling systems, including design considerations. Also contains information on standards, building codes, sound control, lighting and light reflectance, fire safety, seismic considerations and HVAC.

Chapter 10 - System Design Considerations

Outlines methods for matching systems to specific performance criteria. Covers fire and sound criteria, wood and steel partitions and sound control systems. Specialty systems include area separation walls, cavity shaft walls, fireproofing, curtain wall/fire containment systems, thermal insulation, air water and vapor control.

Chapter 11- Planning, Execution & Inspection

Selection of materials, regulatory requirements, handling, job conditions, movement in structures, product quality and inspection.

Chapter 12- Problems, Remedies & Preventive Measures

Trouble shooting for drywall, veneer plaster, conventional plaster and cement board problems. Cites problems and how to handle them.

Chapter 13 - Safety Considerations & Material Handling

Provides health and safety considerations relative to drywall and plaster applications.

Chapter 14 - Tools & Equipment                   

Defines tools and how to use them. Includes framing tools, board and lath tools, mixing equipment, finishing tools, hand and spray texturing equipment, machines, hoses, guns, nozzles, etc.

Chapter 15 - Building Sciences

A review of building science principles that relate to design, selection and installation of building materials, with emphasis on gypsum panel products. Includes building movement, fire resistance, heat transfer, sound transmission and vapor control.

Chapter 16 - Sustainability

An overview of sustainability as it applies to building design and construction materials, including USG efforts.

Chapter 17 - USG: America’s Building Industry Leader

A review of USG Corporation, it’s industry products, history and core values. Also includes useful online resources.

Appendix

Agencies, ratings, testing procedures, comparisons, standards, conversions, rating designations, company literature, plant locations.