Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What and How To Use 3M Firestop and Fire Barrier Products

We sell many 3M fire stop and fire barrier safety products at Edmonton Fasteners and Tools. The question is, which ones do you need and what are they for? Sure, you could try them all and overload the building with fireproofed walls, pipes, and ceilings, but why not just fireproof more effectively? Below we describe the various types of 3M fire safety products as well as what they're used for.

Intumescent - swells or expands when heated.

3M Fire Barrier Pillow

The 3M Fire Barrier pillow is a red, rectangular box shaped pillow that you use to fill gaps to prevent the hazardous and dangerous spread of toxic gases, fumes, smoke, and fire through the gaps in the wall or floor. Use these in floors and walls when there is a hole used for pipes, cables, blank openings, and other through-penetration scenarios. Pack them along the open space until secure.

Photo from: https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/201493O/3m-fire-barrier-pillow.pdf

A video demonstrating the installation of 3M Fire Barrier pillows:

3M FS-195+ Fire Barrier Wrap Strip

3M FS-195+ Fire Barrier Wrap Strips are a very convenient and easy to install additional measure of safety. Like the pillows, these are designed to prevent the spread of fire in penetrations in fire-rated walls and floor-to-ceiling assemblies. The strips are made of an intumescent material, which means it expands when heated. This is beneficial because when the items penetrating the wall, ceiling, or floor are burning, the strip will expand and maintain a seal to prevent the spread of the fire, smoke, and gases to go through the penetration. The seal should last up to four hours.

Photo from: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Fire-Barrier-RC-1-Restricting-Collar/?N=5002385+3293123928&rt=rud 

Use the strips in conjunction with the 3M Fire Barrier Restricting Collar. This customizable sized collar can secure the installation of the strips and ensures proper closure during fire. The roll lets you cut the amount you need and bendable tabs allow easy and fast installation.

3M Fire Barrier Ultra Plastic Pipe Device

Photo from: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Fire-Barrier-Plastic-Pipe-Device/?N=5002385+3293123875&rt=rud

The 3M Fire Barrier Ultra Plastic Pipe Device is a one-piece metal-collared assembly that encases the intumescent material: 3M Interam Ultra GS. It comes in various sizes and is meant to fit around plastic pipes that penetrate a wall, floor, or ceiling. Used to seal: 1 and 2 hours floor/ceiling assemblies; 1, 2, and 3 hours fire rated wall assemblies; and up to 3 hour fire rated concrete wall, floor, or hollow core assemblies.

3M Fire Barrier Moldable Putty Pad

The 3M Fire Barrier Moldable Putty Pad is a one-piece, ready-to-use, intumescent safety material. The putty has the capability to expand minimally 3 times at 1000° F. It is typically used to protect wall-openings and protects the membrane penetrations made by listed steel or non-metallic electrical boxes. It's very quick and easy to install. Apply to the back of electrical outlet boxes to receive a fire rating.

3M Fire Barrier Sealant

Photos from: www.3m.com

The 3M Fire Barrier sealants come in a few varieties: Fire Barrier Sealant, Fire Barrier Water Tight Sealant, and Firedam Fire Barrier Sealant. They are able to help control the spread of fire, smoke, gasses before, during, and after being exposed to fire. They are tested to last up to four hours. Each sealant is high performance and ready-to-use. Another feature includes their ability to minimize airborne sound transmission. While they are all very similar, they have some different characteristics that should be paid attention.

3M Fire Barrier Sealant FD 150+

Photos from: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Fire-Barrier-Sealant-FD-150/?N=5002385+3293123936&rt=rud

The 3M Fire Barrier Sealant FD (Firedam) +150 is an economical, gun-grade, elastomeric sealant. It becomes a monolithic, flexible firestop that remains elastomeric and demonstrates great adhesion to a wide range of construction materials. Once dried, this sealant is paintable. Ideally used for construction joints through penetration (metallic pipes, conduits, power cables, and communication cables). Once dried, this sealant is paintable.

3M Fire Barrier Water Tight Sealant 3000WT

Photo from: http://m.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NA_Communication_Technologies_Mobile/Home/Products/Catalog/~/3M-Fire-Barrier-Water-Tight-Sealant-3000-WT-20-fl-oz-Sausage-12-case?N=8702121+4294894102&rt=d

The 3M Fire Barrier Water Tight Sealant 3000WT is a single component, neutral cure, non-slumping intumescent silicone sealant that cures upon exposure to atmospheric humidity. This sealant is different because it acts as a barrier to water leakage. It firestops penetrations passing through fire-rated walls, floor to ceiling, and just floor static construction joints.

3M Fire Barrier Sealant CP 25WB+

Photos from: https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/All-3M-Products/Adhesives-Tapes/Industrial-Adhesives-and-Tapes/Firestopping-Products/?N=5002385+8710676+8710815+8711017+8719954+3294857497&rt=r3
The 3M Fire Barrier Sealant CP 25WB+ is a gun grade, latex-based, intumescent sealant that dries down to form a monolithic seal. There is no mixing required and once dried, this sealant is paintable and demonstrates great adhesion to a wide range of construction materials.

That concludes our selection of 3M firestop and fire barrier products. We hope these descriptions helped you decide which one(s) you'll need. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot our experts an email at sales@edmfast.com! We'd be happy to help! Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you at Edmonton Fasteners & Tools soon.

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