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Three drywall code-referenced publications have been updated

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Three drywall code-referenced publications have been updated

Include guidance on fire resistance, sound control, application, and finishing.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | July 15, 2021

The Gypsum Association has released new editions of three code-referenced publications.

The documents, GA-600-2021 Fire Resistance and Sound Control Design ManualGA-216-2021 Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products, and GA-253-2021 Application of Gypsum Sheathing, have been updated for the latest International Building Code and The National Fire Codes. GA-216 Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products is colloquially known as the “Drywall Hanger’s Bible,” according to an association news release. It provides detailed information about hanging interior gypsum panels of every type and under a wide variety of circumstances.

GA-253 Application of Gypsum Sheathing is essential when installing this increasingly popular exterior gypsum glass mat substrate, the release says. It describes the minimum requirements for application of gypsum sheathing for use as a substrate, and appropriate methods of handling and storage. Tables provide data on minimum fastener lengths and shear values.

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