Specifier's Library - Interior Walls

Gypsum Board Finish Levels
Gypsum board is the most common wall and soffit finish in the US. One finish does not fit all applications. Specifying appropriate gypsum board finish levels helps control project costs while producing the desired aesthetic results.

Dimpled Studs
Recent innovations in the manufacturing and design of steel studs have produced studs that use less steel yet perform as well and better than traditional smooth-faced studs.

It's Not Your Father's Greenboard. Greenboard is commonly understood to be water resistant gypsum board, but not all WR boards are green. The standard governing greenboard is gone, and the term "greenboard" must be retired. Learn what should replace greenboard to ensure the correct performance is provided.

Gypsum Board Joints
Gypsum board is manufactured to minimize joints telegraphing through applied finishes. The specified joint finish must account for the finish that will be applied to the gypsum board and the lighting conditions for the application. Lighting will drastically affect perception of the completed work.

Metal Stud Deflection Track
Needed for virtually every commercial building, but what type? Metal stud deflection tracks accommodate movement, vertical and lateral. Do you know what criteria govern the track selection? Do you know the questions to ask? Learn what types of track are available and the applications for each.

Studs and Piping
Manufacturers make studs with factory punched openings. Won't those openings accommodate building services? Perhaps for some, but certainly not for all. Learn what to consider when laying out partitions and sizing studs to accommodate building piping systems.

Zinc Coatings and Metal Studs
What is the recommended galvanized coating for metal studs? Is that for an interior or exterior location; for a wet or dry area? Location and use make a difference in selecting the proper galvanizing for metal studs. Different standards apply if the studs are structural or non-structural.