Dricon FRT Application Guide


Dricon® FRT Wood: Application Guide

Dricon® FRT Wood Ideal Use

  • Where other materials would permit a fire to spread without restriction from an ignition source.
  • In areas of construction where there is inadequate water supply or fire protection.
  • In indoor construction staging, scaffolds, workmen’s shanties, etc. during construction or repairs of expensive equipment or multi-story buildings.
  • In areas where sprinkler systems cannot be readily installed, such as framing under raised platforms or theater stages, floor framing, walls, stud areas enclosed under roofs and framing for all types of
    remodeling work.
  • In health care facilities where a versatile and economical construction system is desirable, but life safety cannot be compromised.
  • In homes located in areas prone to wildfires or anywhere fire safety is a concern.

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Limitations:
Dricon® FRT wood can only be used in above-ground locations, protected from precipitation, regular condensation, or other wetting. Exposure of Dricon® treated wood to these conditions will, over a period of time, reduce fire retardancy and preservative effectiveness. Dricon® used as sill plate, or in contact with concrete that contacts the ground, is an approved application and does not void the warranties.


Dricon® FRT Wood: Use & Handling:
The chemicals in Dricon® FRT wood are of very low toxicity and will not harm those involved in use and handling of the product. Normal safety and hygiene practices of working with untreated wood should be followed: wear gloves to avoid splinters, use a dust mask and eye protection when using power tools, and wash your hands after working. Ingestion tests have demonstrated that extreme amounts of wood must be ingested before the chemical exposure would become significant. Tests have shown smoke from Dricon® FRT wood to be no more toxic than untreated wood.


Tips on Use:
Dricon® treatment does not substantially change the physical characteristics of ordinary lumber. Proper handling procedures should be followed when using Dricon® lumber and plywood. When used and handled properly, in accordance with the recommendations published in the Dricon Application Guide, you will receive many years of service from your Dricon® fire retardant treated wood.


Disposal:
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), it is the responsibility of the user of the product to determine, at the time of disposal, whether the product meets RCRA criteria for hazardous waste. This product is typically not considered a hazardous waste but state-run waste programs may be more stringent. Check with your local or state regulators prior to disposal.


Dricon® FRT Wood: Recommended Hardware:
Galvanized steel hardware is recommended for use with Dricon® FRT wood. Although Dricon® treatment does not increase corrosion of bare or galvanized steel, the galvanizing provides an extra measure of protection of any treated wood.


Design Values:
Dricon® FRT wood has recommended fastener design value adjustments based on full size independent testing completed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The adjustments for lateral and withdrawal loading of nailed, screwed and bolted joints range from 0 to 8 percent reduction.