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Use of Gypsum as Building Material

Issue 21 and Volume 68.

Use of Gypsum as Building Material The article appearing on page 1059 of this week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING deals with the important matter of building material from a Fire Prevention standpoint. There are many such materials now in use, including asbestos, concrete and that which this article treats of, namely gypsum. Naturally, especially at this time when the housing problem throughout the country is so acute, owing to the cessation to a large extent of all building operations during the war, the material used to the greatest extent, especially in the construction of dwellings, is lumber. On the other hand, industrial construction tends very largely toward the use of fire resistant materials, and even where lumber is used the tendency is increasing more and more to adopt some means of insuring this combustible material from rapid destruction. In this connection, gypsum lends itself to many very valuable…

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