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Brett M. Wilbur CSI, CCS, AIA
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Username: brett

Post Number: 169
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 12:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Here's an easy one, maybe. What kind of life expectancy can I assume for hot-dipped galvanized compared to stainless steel masonry wire-ties? Hospital project west of Houston, Texas.
Christopher E. Grimm, CSI, CCS, LEED®-AP, MAI, RLA
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Username: tsugaguy

Post Number: 202
Registered: 06-2005

Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 02:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

From our Hohmann & Bernard rep: Hot-dip Galvanized products are considered to be 40-50 year materials. Stainless steel is considered a 100 year material from our industry. Cost differential between the two products is considerable.

You might also want to check this out: http://www.galvanizeit.org, search for zinc coating life predictor. I thought there was a concise version of this somewhere that compared different designations of hot-dip with each other & with electroplated. Not sure where I saw that. It said how many years you lose between G90 and G60, for example.
Christopher E. Grimm, CSI, CCS, LEED®-AP, MAI, RLA
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Username: tsugaguy

Post Number: 203
Registered: 06-2005

Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 02:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Yes, it depends on the thickness of the galvanizing, since it is a sacrificial layer. The table on page 2 is what I was thinking of: http://www.galvinfo.com/ginotes/GalvInfoNote_1_6.pdf.

Also you may want to be clear which type of stainless, not all are created equally. 300 Series (nonmagnetic) is more stainless than other so-called stainless (some may try to call 410 a stainless but it probably is not). Type 304 is frequently used. Type 316 may be needed if exposure to salt fog is a possibility - but this is inside a cavity, right? Still might be good due to exposure during construction.
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Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 02:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Type 300 will rust, type 304 & 316 will not.
Curt Norton, CSI, CCS
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Post Number: 147
Registered: 06-2002

Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 02:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Brett, one thing to keep in mind when making the decision between the two is the potential risk in case of a failure. For a two story application you can probably live with galvanized because it’s easily accessible if it fails in 50 years. If you are up 6 or 8 stories or more, the damage (or loss of life) from a failure would be much greater and it would be very expensive to repair.
Mark Gilligan SE, CSI
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Post Number: 161
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 06:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

When statements are made about life of a galvanized or stainless steel product what is often unsaid is what is the exposure. There is a difference between a building subject to salt spray from the ocean and one in Phoenix Arizona.

I would also be concerned about the possibility that different chemicals could impact galvanizing and zinc differently.

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