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MultiPurpose Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

Technical Manual

Installation

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Shaft Wall Installation Guidelines

CONSTRUCTION BENEFITS

• Fast and efficient shaft wall block installation reduces labor cost

• Modular components provide for ease of erection

• Fire Resistance/Non-Combustible:

• No insulation or drywall needed

• AERCON AAC puts your project on the fast track

• One MEP inspection is all that is needed

Tremendous Benefits for Everyone

AAC building systems have been successfully developed and implemented for more than 65 years. They have been utilized in residential and commercial applications.

The short- and long-term benefits of these systems are realized by owners, developers, designers and contractors alike. The benefits are achieved by the various material properties and methods that are associated with the established AERCON approach to construction.

For the Owner

One of the main benefits of AERCON is safety. An owner using AERCON products creates a sound, functional and safe building. Another benefit of the AERCON system is versatility. AERCON can provide many architectural features that will enhance and project a unique architectural image for the building and its owner. AERCON construction is insect and termite proof. Therefore, the need for expensive insect and pest treatment as well as long term maintenance costs will be greatly reduced. To complete AERCON's concept of a great building system, the superior thermal properties associated with all of the AERCON products will translate into increased energy savings.

For the Developer

The cost savings realized when using AERCON products, mainly related to the shorter construction time, will be dramatic. The advantages of AERCON include low maintenance costs, good sound insulation and excellent thermal insulation. It easily meets hurricane and energy codes.

For the Designer

Creative designs cannot be realized without the use of a highly adaptable construction material. AERCON can be adapted to suit most architectural designs while still providing a simple construction system that can meet all load requirements.

For the Contractor

Buildings can be constructed quickly and safely using AERCON building systems. The product itself is lightweight; therefore easily handled.

AERCON's workability (e.g. anchoring, routing, and drilling characteristics) is well developed and can be easily performed. Typically, wall panel connections are installed with nails. AERCON material also produces less waste. By using the right combinations of AERCON products, productivity will be increased. AERCON will reduce the amount of time spent on job sites due to its ease of handling.

Conclusion

All these factors relate to cost, time and labor savings for the project. These factors epitomize AERCON's commitment to expediting construction, cost effectiveness and an aesthetically appealing building system.

Disclaimer: The information contained within this document shall be used as guidelines for workmanship and general construction practices for the installation of AERCON Products. This information should be recognized as recommendations and should be used with judgment. Implementation, interpretation and use of this document shall be the sole responsibility of the Installation Contractor.

AERCON MATERIALS

Material Handling Procedures

Please read the following instructions to insure proper handling and installation of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC). Damage may occur if AAC is moved or handled several times.

For All AERCON Special Considerations For Construction Products

Deliver material far enough in advance of the installation start date so schedule will not be delayed

Unload panels using pallet forks (either Unload panels using pallet forks (either forklift, nylon straps, slings or pallet fork on a crane cable). Consult your OSHA safety manual for "rigging" or other safety considerations.

Storage areas should be accessible to delivery trucks and convenient to material staging areas. If possible, drop-deliver the material right to the material staging areas.

Storage material should always be stored away from other construction activities on a flat-grade area that is not susceptible to standing water, erosion or settling. In adverse weather conditions, keep the material covered and banded until ready for installation.

AERCON Construction

Do not "shake-out" stored materials until they are ready to be installed. Excessive handling may cause damage. Set delivery schedule to match the erection sequence exactly.

Most chipped corners and edges can be repaired. If any reinforcing is visible, contact an authorized AERCON representative.

All damage must be repaired using an approved AERCON patching compound developed specifically for AERCON products.

Precast Autoclaved Aerated Concrete products that have surface or minor cracks are usable, but contact an authorized AERCON representative when cracks continue completely through the panel.

Stored or staged materials should always be set on flat, load-bearing, stable grade on pallets or dunnage

Disclaimer: The information contained within this document shall be used as guidelines for workmanship and general construction practices for the installation of AERCON Products. This information should be recognized as recommendations and should be used with judgment. Implementation, interpretation and use of this document shall be the sole responsibility of the Installation Contractor.


INSTALLING AERCON SHAFT WALL BLOCK

3"x48"x24" Shaft Wall Block




AAC Shaft Wall Tools Required For Installation

There are a full range of tools that are specially designed to assist the block layer in installing AAC masonry products and increase productivity at the job site.




Additional tools required for installing AAC shaft wall units.


AAC Shaft Wall Block

Step 1 - Layout wall lines

Lay out wall lines on building slab using building control lines.

Step 2 - Mix thin-bed mortar.

Mix approved AAC thin-bed mortar in a clean mixing container (5-gallon bucket or pail) per manufacturer's directions. The consistency of the mixed thin-bed mortar should be such that it flows easily through the teeth of the notched trowel leaving the shape of the teeth in the mortar bed.

Thin-bed mortar will arrive onsite with the Shaft Block.

Thin-bed mortar droppings should not be reused.

Step 3 - Set the first corner block.

Set the first corner block in the thinbed or large grain mortar and adjust the joint as needed. To achieve the required height, lower or raise the block by tapping down with a rubber mallet or by adding additional mortar beneath. A shim may be used to achive the correct elevation




Step 4 - Set second corner block

Set the second corner block adding thin-bed mortar to the head joint with the ¼ inch notched trowel.

Hammer the corrugated nail into joint to stabilize block



Step 5 – Repeat for additional corners.

Repeat subsequent steps for each corner using a builder's level to maintain an equal elevation. Triple check each lead corner in all three planes.

Step 6 - Fill -in completion of level course

Thin-bed mortar should be used for each head joint and running bond joint. Level across each block to insure a plumb wall. Blocks may be cut to size to complete installation.




Step 7- Fill -in completion of level course.

Thin-bed mortar should be used for each head joint and running bond joint. Level across each block to insure a plumb wall.


Step 8- Fire Caulking

All Penetrations must be filled with fire caulking by code

Disclaimer: The information contained within this document shall be used as guidelines for workmanship and general construction practices for the installation of AERCON Products. This information should be recognized as recommendations and should be used with judgment. Implementation, interpretation and use of this document shall be the sole responsibility of the Installation Contractor.


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