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    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #274

    Question

    You specified an elastomeric coating with a dry film thickness of 10 mils (0.25 millimeters). The contractor says that it was applied with a wet film thickness of 15 mils (0.38 millimeters) and that, therefore, the application will be okay. Is the contractor correct?

    Answer

    You better check the thickness for yourself. Typically the thickness shrinks by about half during drying and 15 mils (0.38 millimeters) wet is likely to be less than 8 mils (0.20 millimeters) dry and not up to specs.
     


     

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    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2006, Dave Guadagni.

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