Using Travertine Outdoors

Q: I’ve specified an imported travertine for an exterior patio in a non-freeze/thaw environment. One of the local suppliers said they would not warranty it because they don’t recommend travertine for exteriors. Why is there a prohibition of using travertine outdoors? Isn’t it just like any other marble? A: Travertine, despite being referred to as

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Horizontal Tracks

Q: I’m looking at Detail #2 on Page 15-D-2 of the Dimension Stone Design Manual. It seems to me that the horizontal track mounted to the face of the studs is superfluous. Why can I not simply fasten the stone anchors directly to the studs and eliminate the track? A: In some cases, yes, it

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Testing Stone Before (and During) Installation

Q: We are supplying limestone to a project for which there is a requirement to provide testing prior to supply and also to test during the course of the job. We submitted the initial testing, but we’re afraid that if the next tests results come in lower than the initial, they might use that as

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Testing Strap and Split-Tail Strap Anchors

Q: We are installing a small exterior façade using stainless steel strap anchors. The specs require us to test the anchors in the stone. We argued against that requirement, since strap anchors have been used in stone for generations and surely they’ve been tested before, but we were unsuccessful in that argument. We’re now getting

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Proper Procedures

Q:  We’re bidding a paving project and the specification calls for testing of the bond between the setting bed and the stone to verify 50 psi minimum bond strength. We were planning on using a conventional mortar bed with no additives. Will this meet 50 psi or should we plan on purchasing something of higher performance?

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Testing Split-Tail Anchors

Q: We are installing a small exterior façade using stainless steel strap anchors. The specs require us to test the anchors in the stone. We argued against that requirement, since strap anchors have been used in stone for generations and surely they’ve been tested before, but we were unsuccessful in that argument. We’re now getting

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Slab Waste and Hairpin Anchors

Q: Is there an industry standard for waste of slabs in layout? A: There is no published industry standard, although perhaps the most common figure that I have heard from those with accurate production materials tracking is in the neighborhood of 60% yield (40% waste). Obviously, this is HIGHLY variable. When cutting small pieces from

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Understanding Quartzite

Q:  We have been selling a quartzite for several months now, but we are getting complaints from customers that the material is etching. I thought quartzite was supposed to be acid resistant. Am I mistaken? A:  You are not mistaken. There seems to be a recent attraction to quartzite products, and it appears that from a marketing

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Silicone Caulking and Resin

Q: How long does it take silicone caulking to dry? A: Silicone caulking does not “dry.” Instead, it “cures,” and the cure time will vary from product to product, so you will need to check the manufacturer’s literature for specific times. Generally, most silicone products will be mostly tack-free in about an hour. Substantial cure

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Testing Aluminum Anchors

Q: I’m reviewing some anchor tests submitted on a project of ours. There are aluminum anchors that carry both dead load and wind load, but I only see testing performed in one direction. Why would they not be tested in both directions of load? A: Many of the anchors that we use for stone cladding

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