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  • DSDM Chapter 01 - The Geology of Stone
    Authored by a Doctorate in Geology, this section provides the reader with a brief background the various origins of natural stone used in today 's commercial market. It introduces the three primary types of stone (sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous), clast sizes, cementing minerals, and the rock cycle. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 02 - Standards & Specifications
    This chapter includes a comprehensive resume of the standardization bodies that have authored standards or test methods applicable to dimension stone. Contact information for the various standardization authorities is included. Note that the actual standards are copyrighted materials of the authoring organization, and are not included in this section. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 03 - Stone Selection
    This chapter covers the various considerations involved in selecting a specific stone for a specific application. Aesthetic issues, finish definitions, physical/mechanical properties, samples and mockups, and factors influencing cost are discussed in the chapter. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 04 - Stone Testing
    The extent and variety of ASTM test methods applicable to natural dimension stone users can be intimidating to the new user. This chapter explains which tests are applicable to specific application types, what design data can be obtained from each test method, and what units of measure are normally used to quantify the results. Also included is a brief description of the actual test method and apparatuses involved, as well as an explanation of the test specimens required. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 05 - Granite
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for granite, descriptions and standards for related construction components, fabrication tolerances, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of granite, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 06 - Limestone
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for limestone, descriptions and standards for related construction components, fabrication tolerances, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of limestone, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements.
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 07 - Marble & Onyx
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for marble and onyx, descriptions and standards for related construction components, fabrication tolerances, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of marble and onyx, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements. This section is where you will find a full description of the frequently referenced Marble Institute of America 's Soundness Classification system for marble. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 08 - Quartz-Based Stones
    Quartz-based stones include sandstone (even those that are not truly quartz-based), quartzitic sandstone, metaquartzite, and quartzite, and quartz conglomerates. Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for quartz-based, descriptions and standards for related construction components, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of quartz-based, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 09 - Serpentine
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for serpentine, descriptions and standards for related construction components, fabrication tolerances, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of serpentine, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 10 - Slate
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for slate, descriptions and standards for related construction components, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of slate, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 12 - Travertine
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for travertine, descriptions and standards for related construction components, fabrication tolerances, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of travertine, physical and mechanical property requirements, as well as descriptions of common repairs and reinforcements. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 13 - Installation General Information
    This chapter contains some basic installation information, much of it being applicable to both horizontal and vertical installation. Descriptions of independently supported veneer systems versus stacked veneer systems are given in this chapter. Mechanical anchor types and metals, adhesive installations and limitations, supports, venting, hysteresis, efflorescence, expansion and movement joints are introduced. Portland cement based thinsets and epoxy based thinsets as discussed as well as how to select which is appropriate for a given installation. Common elastomeric joint sealers are defined in this section. Three pages of graphics show over 30 types of common stone anchors. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 14 - Horizontal Surfaces
    This chapter is broken into 4 sections: Exterior paving, Interior flooring, thresholds, and stair treads. Abrasion resistance requirements for specific traffic volumes are defined in this section. Bonded mortar, membrane separated mortar, pedestal, sand, and thin set installation methods are discussed in the exterior and interior sections. Flatness tolerances of substrates and finished units, as well as allowable lippage in finished work are defined. The interior flooring section covers installations over concrete and woodframe floor systems, including heated floor systems. Maximum deflection recommendations for concrete and woodframe substrates are given. Abrasion resistance requirements for thresholds and stairs are defined. Eight pages of graphics are included with a variety of common details. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 15 - Vertical Surfaces
    At 49 pages in length, this is the largest chapter in the Dimension Stone Design Manual. There are 5 subsections to this chapter: Exterior Stone Veneer, Interior Stone Veneer, Stone Base, Stone Soffits, and Stone Fireplace Surrounds. Independently supported veneer, stacked veneer, grid support systems, strut systems, integrated curtainwall systems, and preassembled panelized systems are defined. Interior veneer of mechanically anchored design and adhesively attached designs are discussed. Stone base and requirements for anchorage are included. A variety of soffit hanging systems are detailed, as are basic fireplace surround attachments. This section includes 29 pages of graphics with industry proven attachment details. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 16 - Wet Areas
    Stone surfaces in wet areas encompass concerns that are not part of other stone installations. This chapter is divided into five subsections: Stone Toilet Partitions, Stone Urinal Partitions, Stone Shower Partitions, Stone Slab Shower Linings, and Stone Tile Shower Linings. Descriptions of stone soundness requirements, stone porosity limits, warnings about plumbers’ putty, anchorage and waterproofing details, floor slope requirements, and curb height requirements are included in all applicable areas. This chapter includes 10 pages of graphics. This text was published in December 2013 and replaces the wet areas chapter in version 7.2 of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 17 - Residential Stone Countertop I
    With the boom in natural stone countertop usage, the fabrication and installation of stone countertops has become an incredibly large sector of the natural stone industry. Fourteen pages of text and 17 pages of graphics make this one of the largest and most comprehensive chapters in the manual. Stone material properties and selection, customer communication, cabinet and substrate requirements, field measurements, allowable spans and cantilevers, sink mounts, edge profiles, shims, adhesives, sealers, seams, tolerances, lippage, resin impregnation, reinforcements, repairs and outdoor kitchen guidelines are all addressed within this chapter. The graphics show basic kitchen layout considerations, overhang details, corbels, sink mounting, backsplashes, edge profiles, and an example shop drawing. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 18 - Coping and Stools
    This brief section addresses some of the flashing and anchorage details unique to using stone in cubic sections as coping, stools and watertables. One page of graphics shows example details of the anchorage hardware that is unique to these cubic sections. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 19 - Stone Furniture
    This brief chapter addresses stone surfacing when not installed over cabinetry, such as conference table tops and small table tops. This chapter is a good compliment to chapter 17 for anyone in the stone surfacing sector of the industry. This chapter is taken from version 8 of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 20 - Stone-Faced Precast Concrete Veneer
    With anchorage using an entirely different hardware profile than other stone veneers, stone faced precast warrants its own section. This brief chapter shows the common detailing used in this popular composite cladding system. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 21 - Restoration and Maintenance
    Newly revised and expanded for DSDM VIII, the Restoration & Maintenance chapter covers topics most pertinent to those in the restoration business, including equipment, repairs, and troubleshooting, restorative processes, sealers, and working with commercial and historic buildings. Also included are over 100 photos, providing visual aids for many of the topics highlighted in the Troubleshooting section.
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 22 - Tolerances
    Tolerances: the allowable limit of deviation from a specified, or designed value. In some cases, like the machining of critical machine parts, that allowable deviation may be so small that it is measured in micro-inches or microns. While the stone industry does not have tolerances requiring this level of precision, there exists critical dimensions that directly affect visual appearance and structural integrity of stone installations. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • Illustrated Glossary of Stone Industry Terms
    The Glossary of Stone Industry Terms contains over 500 terms and includes over 90 illustrated terms. A list of reference materials for additional reading is included. This section is a must have for the reader to get the full benefit from the rest of the Dimension Stone Design Manual. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    May 1, 2016


  • DSDM Chapter 11 - Soapstone
    Included in this section is a list of applicable standards and test methods for soapstone, descriptions and standards for related construction components, standard finish descriptions, geological and petrographic descriptions of soapstone. This chapter is taken from version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM).
    July 1, 2011


  • DSDM Chapter 00 - Table of Contents
    Version VIII of the Dimension Stone Design Manual is the stone industry's single-source reference for dimensional stone design and construction facts and details. Contents include sections on granite, marble, limestone, serpentine, soapstone, travertine, quartz-based stone and slate with product descriptions and technical data; general installation guidelines; guidelines and typical detailing for horizontal surfaces, vertical surfaces, wet areas, furniture and countertops; maintenance of exterior and interior stone installations; and a glossary of terms relating to dimension stone.
    May 1, 2016

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