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kerry19

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Drywall
« on: February 09, 2009, 01:23:15 PM »
Drywall is a common manufactured building material used globally for the finish construction of interior walls and ceilings.

A drywall panel is made of a paper liner wrapped around an inner core made primarily from gypsum plaster, the semi-hydrous form of calcium sulfate (CaSO4.½ H2O). The raw gypsum, CaSO4.2 H2O, (mined or obtained from flue gas desulfurization (FGD)) must be calcined before use. Kettle or Flash calciners typically use natural gas today. The plaster is mixed with fiber (typically paper and/or fiberglass), plasticizer, foaming agent, potash as an accelerator, EDTA, starch or other chelate as a retarder, various additives that increase mildew and fire resistance (fiberglass or vermiculite), and water. This is then formed by sandwiching a core of wet gypsum between two sheets of heavy paper or fiberglass mats. When the core sets and is dried in a large drying chamber, the sandwich becomes rigid and strong enough for use as a building material. Drying chambers typically use natural gas today. Depending on plant efficiency and energy costs, 25% to 45% of drywall cost today is related to energy, primarily natural gas.

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Re: Drywall
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 03:25:04 PM »
This is a good informative posting on drywall. Thanks buddy. I am sure it would help the builders, engineers and architects alike.     8)

 

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