Sunday, October 30, 2011

Suspended ceiling - where gypsum ceiling board is not to be used.

Under what conditions are gypsum ceiling board not to be used?

1. Bathroom
2. Basement.
3. Other high moisture areas.

Gypsum ceiling board does not hold up well to water damage.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Suspended ceiling - the support system.

Suspended ceiling in Selangor is commonly used in warehouse and assembly plant.

The suspended ceiling framework consists of ceiling T, main T and angle that are joined and clipped to form a series of rectangles are suspended from the roof by hanger wires.

For suspended ceiling in warehouse and assembly plant which involve big area size, wire cables will be used in addition to the hanger wires to hold the weight of the whole ceiling structure with ceiling boards on it. Photo number 3 gives a close-up view of how the wires and cables are being run for a big area size suspended ceiling.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Glass partition, window and door using laminated glass - the rationale

1.0 Laminated safety glass is made by sandwiching two pieces of glass between a special layer of film where it is processed to make the layers of glass and film permanently bonded together.

2.0 Laminated glass is also called safety glass. It can be used on glass partition for offices and shopfront for it's safety and security features. What are those features?

2.1 It is capable of withstanding heavy impacts.

2.2 It will still break but not shattered into pieces.

2.3 If it breaks, the film which acts like a super glue tape will hold the glass together. When a laminated glass breaks, it results in a spiderweb effect of a cracked glass as best demonstrated by a broken car windscreen which uses laminated glass.

2.4 As laminated cannot break without the whole glass coming down together , when it is used as the glass panel for glass or aluminium frame partition for offices and shopfronts, one can do away with grille as additional security.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gypsum board partition - glass on the wall

Maximising the glass area on the gypsum board partition wall will make the room look bigger. With nice furnishing, you can have a very nice office, even though it is small, for work or small group meeting. Furnishing and basic interior decorating nowadays have been made easy with a lot of ideas expressed in photos that are shared in the Internet.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Suspended ceiling - plaster board

2'0" x 4'0" plaster board or plaster ceiling board was used to be very popular in the construction of suspended ceiling in Selangor, especially for eatery and coffee shop ( mamak restaurant ). This ceiling board / ceiling tile was chosen over gypsum board for it's price. 

But in the last few years, gypsum board has become the most commonly used ceiling board for suspended ceiling in Klang Valley, Selangor. The difference in price between the two types of ceiling boards has been narrowed down to become marginal.

Gypsum ceiling board, being thicker, will not sag as much as compared to plaster ceiling board under a humid interior condition.  Because of this feature, most of our customers from the factories in Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Port Klang have chosen gypsum board over plaster board for their suspended ceiling.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gypsum board partition - unique feature

Gypsum board partition in Selangor, Malaysia is very popular for constructing offices due to the method of construction as illustrated in the above diagram.

By sandwiching two pieces of gypsum board on to the galvanised iron metal stud, the partition wall so constructed can provide sound insulation and help limit the spread of fire.

Gypsum board partition in Selangor, as a standard practice, is constructed with close coordination between the partition installer and the electrician / wireman. Electrical wiring and network cables will be carried out before the partition board is close up / installed. This will make the wiring work easier and overall job process faster. As can be seen in the diagram, the finishing on the wall is very neat as there is no hacking and chipping or any visible external casing running across the wall.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tempered glass as fixed panel on partition, door and window - The rationale

1.0 Public places like kinder-garden, daycare center  should use tempered glass instead of the normal float glass for the panel of the partition, door and window. In fact all business premises which have children coming in and out should use tempered glass for the same purpose. But to save costs, MAJORITY of the customers, individuals and companies alike, don't do that.

2.0 What are the safety features that tempered glass provide that normal glass doesn't?

2.1 It is four times stronger in handling impacts.
2.2 If any of the panel or pane fails, the whole piece shatters.
2.3 If it does break, it doesn't shatter into sharp edges but snaps apart into oval-shape pebbles.
2.4 Should injury happens, it will be just cut on the skin not deep-cut.  
2.5 It is heat resistant.

3.0 Tempered glass is also called safety glass.

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