Steel stud trade groups spar over standards
Oct 11, 2013 | 11:47 AM
| Corinna Petry
CHICAGO Steel stud coating standards are at the center of a dispute between industry trade groups.
The Certified Steel Stud Association (CSSA) is warning architects, building contractors and engineers that coated steel studs marked "G40e" or "G40EQ" arent proper substitutes for G40, which is hot-dip galvanized coating that has met standards by ASTM International and the American Iron and Steel Institute.
The benchmark set for the performance of G40e and G40EQ coatings is well below the performance that has been demonstrated for off-the-shelf G40 at 200 hours of salt spray tests, according to CSSA chairman Chip Gardner, who is also president and chief executive officer of Marino\Ware, South Plainfield, N.J.....
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