Sharron Halpert

April 2023 Lessons in Firestop: How to Firestop Metal Pipes at an Angle

April 20, 2023

How often do things work exactly like you plan them? I don’t know about you, but I think the larger part of my life has gone contrary to my plan—but […]


March 2023 Lessons in Firestop: Deciphering Firestop Details for Metal Pipes

March 27, 2023

Firestop on metal pipes is likely the easiest thing to get right, but let me tell you about a few critical things to which you must pay attention. First, you […]


February 2023 Lessons in Firestop: How Do You Firestop Cleanout Valves?

February 23, 2023

During a recent training class, I was asked an interesting question that I wanted to share with you: How do you firestop a cleanout valve when it lands in a […]


December 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Remember to Fill Your Cores!

December 14, 2022

Have you ever worked on a project that used hollow-core concrete floor panels? I have a scary bit of news to share with you: I have never seen a hollow-core […]


November 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Hambro Floor-Ceiling Assemblies and Mickey Mouse Ears

November 14, 2022

Hey there, firestop friends. I promised in the last Lessons in Firestop to talk to you about some of the issues with the Hambro floor-ceiling assemblies, or really any of […]


October 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Mickey Mouse Ears in Wood-Framed Assemblies

October 19, 2022

Welcome back to our Lessons in Firestop! In our last discussion I told you that firestop is lazy. Well, it’s not so much lazy as it simply acts like most […]


September 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Firestop Is Lazy

September 20, 2022

Calling firestop lazy might seem like a strange thing to say, but it’s true. If you want to build better, then you need to understand this simple fact. Let me […]


August 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Understanding Mass Timber Construction

August 16, 2022

Welcome back to our Lessons in Firestop. In our last lesson we talked about how the codes change every three years and how important it is to stay on top […]


July 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Staying on Top of Code Changes

July 21, 2022

Staying on top of code changes is enough to make your head spin. Most of you reading this are plumbing engineers, and you likely know more about the model plumbing […]


June 2022 Lessons in Firestop: Goldilocks—The Horror Story

June 16, 2022

The horror story I shared with you last month is something that has left some people with sleepless nights and budgets that are completely shot. On the other hand, for […]

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