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Testing Specifications

Many of our products must pass stringent specifications set forth by standard testing methods. Architects frequently utilize these standards to specify the appropriate product. In addition, these specifications ensure that a product is suitable for an application, and that it will perform as expected.




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AAMA 808.3

AAMA 808.3 provides specifications and test methods for exterior perimeter sealing compounds for use with fenestration products. Products meeting the requirements of AAMA 808.3 pass testing for cracking, bond loss, staining, hardness, >90% cohesive failure, slump, stain migration, low temperature flexibility and water resistance.

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AFG-01 : Performance Specifications for Adhesives Used for Field-Gluing Plywood to Wood Framing

Established by the American Plywood Association, this test method measures adhesive strength for wood-to-wood applications. AFG-01 requires that adhesives applied at the job site be sunlight resistant and able to fill gaps. Adhesives are subject to adverse weather conditions including moisture, sunlight and fluctuating temperature conditions.

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ANSI/HPVA Type II Water-Resistance : Wood glues

Type II testing involves cutting the 6" by 6" assemblies into 2" by 5" specimens, soaking them for 4 hours, then baking the specimens in a 120°F oven for 19 hours. This is repeated for a total of three cycles, and the bonds must not delaminate to pass the Type II specification.

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ASNI/HPVA Type I Water-Resistance : Wood glues

Type I testing involves cutting the 6" by 6" assemblies into 1" by 3" specimens, boiling them for 4 hours, then baking the specimens in a 145°F oven for 20 hours. They are boiled for an additional 4 hours, then immediately cooled using running water. The specimens are sheared while wet, and the bonds must pass certain strength and wood failure requirements to pass the Type I specification.

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ASTM 1623

This test method covers the determination of the tensile and tensile adhesion properties of rigid cellular materials in the form of test specimens of standard shape under defined conditions of temperature, humidity, and testing machine speed.

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ASTM C1382

This standard determines the adhesion properties of a sealant with the exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS) substrate in dry, wet, frozen, heat-aged, and artificial weather-aged conditions by examining its tensile adhesive properties.

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ASTM C518

This test method provides a rapid means of determining the steady-state thermal transmission properties of thermal insulations and other materials with a high level of accuracy when the apparatus has been calibrated appropriately.

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ASTM C557 : Standard Specification for Adhesives for Fastening Gypsum Wallboard to Wood Framing

Designed for adhesives intended to bond the back surface paper of drywall to wood framing members. This test method measures shear and tensile strength tests, gap filling, freeze-thaw stability tests and accelerated adhesive aging.

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ASTM C834

This standard covers latex sealants used for sealing joints in building construction. The following are tests done within this standard: extrudability, after aging, artificial weathering, volume shrinkage, low-temperature flexibility, extension-recovery and adhesion, slump, staining and tack-free time.

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ASTM C919

This practice is a guide for the use of sealants to reduce the sound transmission characteristics of interior walls, ceilings, and floors by proper application of sealants to joints, voids, and penetrations normally found in building construction.

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ASTM C920

This specification covers the properties of a cured single- or multi-component cold-applied elastomeric joint sealant for sealing, caulking, or glazing operations on buildings, plazas, and decks for vehicular or pedestrian use, and types of construction other than highway and airfield pavements and bridges.

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ASTM D1621

This test method provides information regarding the behavior of cellular materials under compressive loads. Test data is obtained, and from a complete load-deformation curve it is possible to compute the compressive stress at any load (such as compressive stress at proportional-limit load or compressive strength at maximum load) and to compute the effective modulus of elasticity.

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ASTM D1622

This test method covers the density of a cellular plastic. Density can be evaluated as the apparent overall density (includes forming skins) or by apparent core density (forming skins removed).

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ASTM D1779

This specification covers an adhesive for bonding prefabricated acoustical materials to the inside walls and ceilings of rooms in buildings. This adhesive is required to maintain a tensile adhesion (bond strength) of not less than 3.45 104 dynes/cm2 (1/2 lb/in.2) for a long period of time under the temperature and moisture conditions likely to be encountered and to maintain sufficient plasticity to allow for movement of parts of the building as it ages.

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ASTM D2126

Because of the wide variety of potential uses of rigid cellular plastics, artificial exposure to estimate the effective behavior of these materials must be based, to a great extent, on the intended application. Toward this end, this test method is intended to recommend a variety of conditions from which one or more of the desired exposure conditions can be selected.

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ASTM D2126

This test method determines numerical values for open cells. It is a porosity determination, measuring the accessible cellular volume of a material. The volume occupied by closed cells is considered to include cell walls. Since any conveniently sized specimen can only be obtained by some cutting operation, a fraction of the closed cells will be opened during sample preparation and will be included as open cells.

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ASTM D3498

Measures strength for gluing plywood to lumber framing for floor systems and shall exceed the strength, gap-filling and durability properties prescribed in the standard. This specification ensures the quality and strength of the adhesive.

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ASTM D4236

This practice describes the standard procedure for developing precautionary labels for art materials to provide chronic health hazard and precautionary statements based on knowledge that exists in the scientific and medical communities. These statements concern hazards known to be associated with a product or product component(s) when it is present in a physical form, volume, or concentration that in the opinion of a toxicologist has the potential to produce a chronic adverse health effect.

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ASTM D6226

This test method is intended to be used in specifications where porosity of cellular plastics has a direct bearing on their end use. For example, for thermal insulation applications, a high percentage of closed cells is necessary to prevent escape of gases and to promote low thermal conductivity. In flotation applications, high closed-cell content generally reduces water absorption.

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ASTM D905 (on hard maple)

This test method covers the determination of the comparative shear strengths of adhesive bonds used for bonding wood and other similar materials, when tested on a standard specimen under specified conditions of preparation, conditioning, and loading in compression. This test method is intended primarily as an evaluation of adhesives for wood. This specification is designed to cover comparative shear strengths of adhesive bonds used for bonding wood or other similar materials, when tested on a standard specimen under the subscribed conditions of preparation, conditioning and loading in compression. This test method is intended primarily as an evaluation for wood adhesives.

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ASTM E2178

The purpose of this test is to measure the air permeance of flexible sheet or rigid panel-type materials. The results of this test may be useful in determining suitability of that material as a component of an air retarder system.

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ASTM E283

This test method is a standard procedure for determining the air leakage characteristics under specified air pressure differences at ambient conditions.

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ASTM E72

These test methods cover the procedures for determining the structural properties of segments of wall, floor, and roof constructions.

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ASTM E84

This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning-behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the specimen in the ceiling position with the surface to be evaluated exposed face down to the ignition source. The material, product, or assembly shall be capable of being mounted in the test position during the test. Thus, the specimen shall either be self-supporting by its own structural quality, held in place by added supports along the test surface, or secured from the back side.

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