Pizza and Firestop?

Okay, so these two things don’t normally go together, but as many of you know I teach a few classes for NJ building officials. I like to think we have a little bit of fun in the class, despite talking about building codes and standards and typically dry boring subjects. My class yesterday had a great bunch of people. One guy, Lee was talking about how his trip to Italy has ruined pizza for him in the US. Many of you know I LIKE FOOD. So in an attempt to help Lee be able to enjoy pizza without the trip to Italy, I began to tell him about BBQ pizza. At the end of class the one lone architect in the class challenged me to post the pizza info. So, in case you need a means to feed a gang of people around Thanksgiving without much headache. Try this if you’d like and let me know what you think.

Step 1- pizza dough. You can buy it in a store or make it. If you make it, I prefer to use beer and honey. King Arthur Flour has an add in for pizza dough that improves the flavor as well and they have a bunch of recipes for you to play with if you are so inclined.

Step 2- get all your fixings together and put them by the BBQ, turn it on high. Fixings should include sauce cheese and anything you want on your pizza plus a can of spray oil.

Step 3- roll out the dough and place it on a pizza paddle and bring it out to the BBQ.

Step 4- spray the BBQ (please be careful- I don’t want any horror stories coming back to me on this one- you can also use a silicone brush with oil if you prefer) slide the dough onto the BBQ and close the oven. after about 5 min check to see that the dough is crisp but not black and when it is, flip it over, QUICKLY top your pizza, close the lid and turn the heat down so you don’t scorch the beautiful creation.

So to Harry, and the rest of my crew from yesterdays class- This was for you guys! You were a great class and I enjoyed the day with you. I hope you all enjoy this, if you try it. Keep learning and eating good food!


Firestop for rated joints just got easier.

In our last blog post we shared with you a firestop head of wall device that can meet any movement requirements your project may have. In honor of Fire Safety Week, we will keep going. We have three more to show you so we will give you number two here. This is the Hot Rox XL 


Firestop on rated joints is easy, right?

Then why is it wrong so often? Solution #1

Firestop for rated joints seem so very easy and basic, but yet they are often installed wrong. In addition, the structural movement of the building may or may not be accommodated by the size of your joint. Understanding how the movement and the joint size impact one another. We will be creating a few training programs that will go over this and proper fire rated joints. If you would like to join us- let me know. If you want an easy solution check out some of the firestop devices that are on the market. BUT be sure you know what to look for to ensure they are installed properly. We are thrilled to share a new series of videos that will help you do just that. Here is the first device we want to showcase! 



Why the way Fire Rated Assemblies are Tested SHOULD Impact How you DESIGN, BUILD & INSPECT?

Most people in design or construction have never wondered, “gee, how do you test a fire rated assembly?” But if you don’t understand how the assemblies are tested you might not be designing or building the way you should. This series of videos will introduce you to how fire rated assemblies but we will take it a step further and who you how that could play out in a real wold scenario. It is our hope that this four part series will help you improve how you either design or build.


Are you building Shaft Walls right? Part 3 (Head of wall- Sealant)

Firestopping head of wall joints seems basic, but its shocking how often something so basic is done so wrong. If your project has shaft walls and you are fire stopping them with sealant, please watch this video, so you can be sure the installations on your projects meet the requirements.

First thing to check- Do your firestop submittals have shaft wall details? If not, they should. If not, there is a considerable risk that the fire rating of your shaft walls is missing the requirements we point out in this video. If you want to know how to avoid this liability, this video is designed to help.


Are you building Shaft Walls right? Part 2 (Build It)

Welcome back, clearly you are one of the teams who want to be sure you are building right. This series is addressing shaft wall construction because it is so critical to the life safety of your projects.  The last video talked about how shaft walls are tested differently so that when we talk about how they are built differently, in this video, you have a different level of understanding of why things are important. Check it out here!


Are you building Shaft Walls right? Part 1 (Test It)

You know shaft walls are built differently than other rated wall assemblies, but did you know they are tested differently too?  Understanding this difference will help you understand why the need to be fire stopped differently as well.  Shafts are critical to the life safety of your buildings. They impact multiple floors, so they deserve a little more attention. This video series is designed for those of you who want to do things right. We hope this will make it a little easier for you to understand how to evaluate field installations and ensure they are built properly. Check out the video here and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a shout. We are happy to help if we are able.

Thanks for your time.



Four Rules of Firestop Spray- Know them- Follow them!

Firestop Spray at head of wall joints is an installation that can look professional or it can look like a blood bath. This video will help you know, regardless of what it looks like, if you can expect it to perform in a fire scenario. We walkabout what to look for but also WHY each element is important. You can see this new video here. Please let us know what you think about this and what other topics might be useful for you. If we can help on a project, don’t hesitate to give us a shout!


Coffee Break Firestop Training Series

Welcome to our Coffee Break Training Series. Do you look at firestop at head of wall joints and think its easy or basic, what about shaft wall construction or other rated joints such as bottom of wall or wall to wall joints? If you think they are basic, this video series may help you see these installations in a new light. If you have a means of egress shaft built of gypsum wall board, PLEASE watch the one on bottom of wall applications because you may look at exit shafts a whole new way after that video. There is A LOT packed into this multi part series and despite the fact that we are talking building codes and fire test standards, you might actually enjoy yourself, but you will definitely learn something. So, welcome and I hope we can help you look at firestop a whole new way.  Here is our introductory video- see you next week



Firestop Special Inspection- Architects Responsibility

If you are an architect, this video; which is the last in our three part series, is designed to help you understand the requirements as they are called out in the ICC Special Inspection Manual as they are related to the requirement for third party special inspection of firestop pursuant to the IBC 1705.17

If you are an architect or a building official, we hope this video series helps you do your job a little more easily.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us!