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Christopher Borcsok
Intermediate Member
Username: ckb

Post Number: 4
Registered: 06-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 11:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Is there a freely available document similar to http://csinet.org/numbersandtitles for the older MF'95 numbers and titles? (my preference would be a CSI/CSC document) I'm looking for a list that I can use to back-convert my MF'04 specs for those clients that expect M&E specs in Div 15/16, and are not easily persuaded that they need to adopt the now 9 year old standard.

So far, google has found me the following lists, which I'm not sure of the accuracy and completeness:

Additionally, I have a copy of the Masterformat '04 applications guide which provides an idea of the groupings and what not. I'm trying to figure out how to organize a table of contents per 1995, as stuff like the "Procurement and Contracting Requirements Group" don't exist in the old system. Can anyone advise?
Sheldon Wolfe
Senior Member
Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 668
Registered: 01-2003

Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 08:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Assuming you're using Windows, download SpecHELP!, a Windows help file for MF95, and for MF88-95 conversion.

Now download an installer from Microsoft that will allow you to run the old Windows .hlp files in newer versions.

Unzip the files and have fun!

I think this will work; let me know if it doesn't.
Christopher Borcsok
Advanced Member
Username: ckb

Post Number: 5
Registered: 06-2013
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 03:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Sheldon, thanks for the info.

One more step needed in Windows 7: http://snippetsandhelp.blogspot.ca/2011/07/solving-cannot-display-this-help-file.html

I assume I can safely ignore the "Facilities and Spaces" and "Systems and Assemblies" Groups?
Sheldon Wolfe
Senior Member
Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 669
Registered: 01-2003

Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 04:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

At your own peril.
George A. Everding, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: geverding

Post Number: 673
Registered: 11-2004

Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 05:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

"At your own peril". Perhaps we should hang Dante's "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here" over the doorway to Master Format?
George A. Everding AIA CSI CCS CCCA
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
St. Louis, MO
Christopher Borcsok
Senior Member
Username: ckb

Post Number: 19
Registered: 06-2013
Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 12:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

There are some bugs in the one EMF-95 spechelp file. Everything in Div 15 and 16 is not accessible through the help file's table of contents, though it is accessible through the search index.

I did stumble across what looks to be the front part of the MasterFormat 1995 manual, which I guess would be the part before the two spechelp files that helps explains the method and madness of the old numbering system.


Strangely, the scan is missing page 11. Anything important in there that is missing that I should be aware of? I'm amazed someone somewhere doesn't have a slightly cleaner copy available online for what is essentially a legacy document.
Sheldon Wolfe
Senior Member
Username: sheldon_wolfe

Post Number: 696
Registered: 01-2003

Posted on Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 12:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Christopher, SpecHelp! was a work in progress. I intended to publish it, but my timing was bad; the next version of MasterFormat was in the works, so I didn't finish the project. If you use the table of contents to go to 14, 15, or 16, you get a page with only the Division title, but you can navigate forward or backward from any point using the navigation buttons with double arrows. Thanks for playing!
Richard Fost AIA, CSI, CCS
Intermediate Member
Username: richardfost

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 06:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Sorry for coming late to the show but if anyone still needs a "conversion map" document, I have PDF's from ARCOM (early 2009) that are organized to show MF04 to MF95 and MF95 to MF04.

ARCOM titled them "MASTERSPEC MF04 to MF95 Conversion Map" and vice versa.

I'm happy to forward a copy of both.
Jerome J. Lazar, RA, CCS, CSI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: lazarcitec

Post Number: 1054
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 06:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Here's another link to 1995 Masterformat
Christopher Borcsok
Senior Member
Username: ckb

Post Number: 29
Registered: 06-2013
Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 09:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Richard, found a link to the latter document, but didn't google the 04 to 95 document: http://systemssolution.net/cadtechno/0%20SAMPLE/SPECs%20&%20DETAILS/MASTERSPEC%202006%20BOOK%20DIV%2023%2026%20ETC/UPDATE/INFO/MASTERSPEC%201995%20to%202004%20Map.pdf

Also, I ended up sourcing a copy of the MasterFormat 1995 book in hard copy through an online used book store.

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