PDD - handbook sample item #8

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    Aaron Perelstein

    Hey Mary,

    All those items fall into other specification sections. Metals section doesn't represent the finish, but rather the general construction. Metal or other louvers would be in openings, flashing would be in thermal and moisture protection, and the composite canopy is a system, so I think it would be specialties. The AHPP (at least student version) has a good overview of the basis of specification organization. You could also look into some CSI resources.

    Hope that helps,
    Aaron

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    Mary Dietsch

    Thanks! I am definitely going to re-read a bit of AHPP prior to this test.  Spec writing is not my  specialty!

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    Timothy Cardwell

    Just getting started studying myself so this may not be correct, but the way I approached it is like this; as I understand U/A questions they are looking for the best answer so first I looked at the division list then and then the notes. Coping caps are almost always in 07 so that is most likely not the answer. If it was some sort of TI or infill it could possibly have metal composite panel cladding in 05 but having "canopy" in the note means it's probably in 07 or possibly 10, so that's a maybe. But metal handrails are almost always in 05 (055213 to be specific but I usually see them with metal stairs or in metal fabrications), which was the missing section so this was the best answer.

    I'm not a spec writer per se but I work with them on a daily basis and I am comfortable with them. Or put another way: I knew railings were in 05 but didn't know the exact section and had to look it up. Which I believe is the point of the question; knowing the basics. I.e. Louvers are in 08 openings, copings are typically included with roofing in 07, etc. etc.

    If you're not comfortable with specs and don't work with or have access to them, I recommend looking up "design guidelines", "design criteria", "design specifications" or some combination thereof for your favorite public institution (school, municipality, etc.). They usually post specs online, in masterformat, with the intention of providing some sort of QA/QC for the institution. They usually end up being regurgitated back to the institution so it's in their interest to provide the best specs possible. Again I doubt you need to memorize these things but need to be comfortable with the structure, organization, basic concepts, etc. Hope this helps.

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