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Stay on Track with the New TTG

Specified Technologies, Inc.

President's Message

Updating your IT systems and engaging with business customers are examples of what you might want to put on your agenda during less active periods.

Featured Video

Stay on Track with the New TTG

Specified Technologies, Inc.

Codes & Standards

I often get calls about specific fire rating details: Do I have to install this backer piece behind my control joint? Do butt joints have to be staggered? Is it OK to run wallboard vertically rather than horizontally?
This month I want to cover interior gypsum applications. The joint requirements are different for exterior applications and for portland cement plaster.
Image model of acoustic baffles
In this month’s installment, we will cover the ceilings portion of acoustics, including STC requirements for floor-ceiling assemblies, and introduce the concept of structure-borne sound and impact insulation class.

New Products

ClarkDietrich is giving framing contractors greater flexibility in leveraging the firestopping power of its BlazeFrame family of products with the introduction of BlazeFrame® Tape.
Rockfon is expanding its suspended ceiling grid systems with a new offering: Rockfon Chicago Metallic® Drywall Grid. The new drywall grid product is being introduced to provide easier, faster, consistent,
DeWalt introduces the 20V MAX XR® Brushless Cordless 21º Plastic Collated Framing Nailer (DCN920) and 30º Paper Collated Framing Nailer (DCN930), each delivering powerful performance in a range of applications.

Estimator's Edge

white, yellow and blue hard safety helmet hat for safety project of workman as engineer or worker, on concrete floor on city.
I’m never at a loss for words when describing the difficulties confronting my estimating contemporaries in their daily endeavors.
When I say compensation, I’m not just referring to amount, but also the method of distribution.
Speedbumps on a sunny morning. Placed on pavement to slow down speed of motorbikes, mopeds, cars and bicycles. Photo: JariJ Stock photo ID:682658696
As much as I hate to continue on a narrative of pessimism, some pretty authoritative voices are compelling me to do so

Safety & Health

A car seat belt buckled.
The great thing about AWCI’s Peer Safety Review experience is the learning doesn’t happen just at the job site or in a conference room; learning also happens around the breakfast table or in a bar or restaurant as these professionals share their experiences, problems and solutions.
Worker at construction site with bottle of water, close up. | Photo: Gabrijelagal | istock.com
As we move into the warmer months, it is important to understand the different safety issues that contractors must address as working conditions change.
Soft tissue injuries are damage to ligaments, tendons or muscles. This damage can happen from a single event, such as a fall or impact, or over time from a series of repetitive motions.

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