Silver Spring, Maryland – March 29, 2018, The Gypsum Association has translated four publications into both Canadian French and Spanish. This is the third time GA-216 Application and Finishing of Gypsum Panel Products has been translated into both languages. GA-216 is referenced in the International Building Code as an appropriate standard for the application and installation of gypsum boards and panels.  French and Spanish copies of the specification may be purchased through the Association’s online bookstore at

Additional documents translated into French and Spanish are available as free downloads, as are their English-language counterparts. The following publications are now available in both languages:

  • GA-220-2016, Gypsum Board Winter-Related Installation Recommendations
  • GA-222-2014, Repairing Screw or Nail Pops
  • GA-225-2015 Repair of Fire-Rated Gypsum Panel Product Systems

GA-220-2016 Gypsum Board Winter Related Installation Recommendations offers practical guidance on avoiding pitfalls common to cold weather installation. Unless precautions are taken, cold and damp weather can contribute to a variety problems during and after installation and finishing of wallboard. Maintaining a room temperature of at least 50°F (10°C) for 48 hours before, during, and after finishing, is just one of 13 recommendations that will reduce the possibility of joint compound bond failing, beading, nail popping and other problems that can result in call backs after project completion.

Fastener popping, or the protrusion of screw or nail heads above the gypsum panel surface, the subject of GA-222, can be the result of improper application or fastening. However, the most common source of popping is lumber shrinkage due to initially high moisture content in newly constructed wood framing. Overly long fastener length contributes to the problem. While fastener popping that appears before or during finishing and decoration should be repaired immediately; popping that occurs a month or more into the heating season should wait for repair until the season’s end.

When fire-rated gypsum panel product systems are damaged during the life cycle of buildings, proper procedures for repair must be followed to restore the original fire resistive condition and maintain the required fire rating. Repair of Fire-Rated Gypsum Panel Product Systems, GA-225-2015, lays out proper procedures for assessing the severity of damage and achieving an appropriate fire resistive restoration.

“The Gypsum Association is pleased to offer these documents in Canadian French and Spanish,” said Executive Director Stephen Meima, APR, LEED Green Assoc. “These documents serve important constituencies across North America.”

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