Jan 12

QT Corners, Joints & Junction

Internal & External Corners

Internal corners can be formed by continuing the QT FullMesh around the corner or by embedding a QT CornerMesh into the base coatrender. External corners can be formed by embedding a QT CornerMesh into the base coat render or by fixing a corner bead prior to rendering.In all cases the abutting corner panels must be bonded with polyurethane foam adhesive.

Relief Joint

Relief joints are required to accommodate any structural movement or panel movement due to temperature or moisture changes. If the panel above or below an opening is less than 300mm in depth or more than 2400mm in length the panel must be articulated by creating a vertical
expansion joint to reduce and/or relieve the stress in the panel and coating system. All other corner openings must be reinforced with QT 45˚Mesh. The QT 45˚Mesh helps prevent any 45˚hairline cracks forming from the corner of any opening.

 Control joint

Control joints are designed to relieve structural movement between the wall cladding and building frame and also relieve any stress that builds up in the applied coating system. Vertical control joints are required at no greater than 5 metre centres (+ or – 500mm) in walls greater than 8 metres in length. Double studs are required at all vertical control joints. Vertical joints are best aligned with windows, doors, openings, or internal corners. Where timber floor joists are used a 15mm (nom), horizontal control joint must be provided at floor levels to allow for shrinkage and movement of the joists. 10mm control joints must also occur where the QT EcoSeries Wall Panels meet alternative wall claddings eg. Weatherboard, brickwork, etc. On gable ends, a horizontal control joint will be required at the top plate of the wall so as to separate the gable wall from the wall below. Control joints can be formed with the use of a backing rod and sealant or by the installation of uPVC expansion bead.


Junctions

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Jan 11

CSR Hebel Fire and Acoustic

Fire

Hebel AAC has a BCA Group Number 1. Hebel PowerBlock  walls satisfy BCA2008
Vol.2 Clause 3.7.1.5 (a) (iii) masonry construction and therefore suitable for boundary wall construction on a Class 1 building.

Acoustic

Table 5.1 provides acoustic performance levels for PowerBlock walls. For alternatives and composite wall construction, Table 3.2 are acoustic performance for PowerBlock  systems.

Table 5.1:  Acoustic Performance

   PowerBlock Thickness Rw Rw+ Ctr
100 38 35
150 43 40
250 45 42

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Jan 09

CSR Hebel Tools and Equipment for Construction

Hebel PowerBlocks can be laid using construction tools/equipment.

String Line – A string line is required to accurately set out and lay Hebel® PowerBlock Walls.

Brick/Blocklaying Profiles – used to gauge the block course are being laid level.

Mixing Bucket – a minimum 20 litre bucket is required for mixing Hebel® Mortar, Hebel® Adhesive and Hebel® HighBuild™ render.

Electric Drill – an electric drill is required to mix the Hebel® Mortar, Hebel Adhesive and Hebel HighBuild render. It is also used to drill clearance holes in the blocks so they can be
placed over the tied down rods where required.

Stirrer – fitted to the electric drill, the stirrer is used to mix the Hebel® Mortar, Hebel Adhesive and Hebel HighBuild render inside the mixing bucket.

Notched Trowel – the notched trowel is used to apply the Hebel® Adhesive to the Hebel® surfaces. The width of the trowel must match the block thickness to ensure the adhesive is applied with full and even coverage.

Rubber Mallet – a rubber mallet is required to ‘tap’ the Hebel® PowerBlocks onto the adhesive and into place.

Spirit Level – required to install the blocks level and plumb.

Hand Saw – a Hebel® handsaw can be used to cut Hebel® PowerBlocks to length and height.

Powered Bandsaw – a bandsaw is ideal for cutting Hebel® PowerBlocks. (perfect when there are many site cuts to be performed).

Hebel® Square – a purpose built square is available for use when marking and cutting Hebel® PowerBlocks.

Steel, Plastic and Timber Trowels – these trowels may be required for the installation of the Highbuild render and texture coatings.

Sanding Float – used to even out inconsistencies in the Hebel® PowerBlock Wall in preparation for render/texture coats.

Hebel® Hand Router – may be used to chase services into solid Hebel® walls.

Circular Saw – (fitted with a diamond blade) may be used to chase services into solid Hebel® walls.

Electric Router – may be used to chase services into solid Hebel® walls.

Crane – may be required to lift large Hebel® Lintels and Hebel® custom floor panels.

Lifting Grabs – required for use in conjunction with crane for lifting Hebel lintels and custom floor panels.

Scaffold – Scaffold is required when building block walls. The amount of scaffold depends on the height of the walls.

Sealant Gun – required to fill the control joints in the Hebel® PowerBlock Walls.

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