The fundamentals of fire protection
- Rebecca Goldsmith - Product Marketing Executive
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When constructing a drywall partition so that it can bear the weight of a handrail, sink, or cabinet a dryliner has to decide between using plywood or Oriented Strand Board (OSB). We’ve matched them up to find the winner once and for all.
Let’s kick off, shall we?
Like a good centre back, a solid patress requires strength—unwavering strength. If the patressing can’t support the sink or cabinet being fastened to it then it’s not fit for purpose. So, from a product point of view this requires a panel with good pull out strength, but also solid consistency. SMARTPLY DRYBACKER is manufactured to have a consistent density throughout and is tested to ensure it meets strength requirements set out in BS5234 Part 2. Demonstrating a high pull out strength and a high level of impact resistance, it is suitable for public areas such as corridors and stairwells, as well as hanging heavy fixings.
The best midfielders are all about consistency. Consistency is also key for a patress. Your patress is only as strong as its weakest point, so a panel that’s not the same quality the whole way through will cause you issues. Plywood often has knots or naturally occurring weak areas. Imagine fastening a heavy TV unit to the wall only for one side to hit a knot and become loose post-installation. No one deserves to watch the big game with their heads tilted. SMARTPLY DRYBACKER offers a consistent panel quality every time, with no holes, knots, or voids meaning you can get the job done on time, every time.
Strikers. Speed, movement and the ability to leave defenders eating their dust. Dust, however, isn’t something you want on a building site. Not only does SMARTPLY DRYBACKER leave minimal dust – as there’s no need to cut it – but it also slots straight into partitions due to its continual recess down one side, especially designed to accommodate the ‘C’ shaped studs that hold the panels in place; simply fasten it in place with three screws and you’re on to the next one. It’ll get you home before the final whistle.