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B.  Avoid reference to specific paragraphs in the publication unless the
paragraphs referenced are the only portions of the publication that are applicable to the
specific project.
Avoid repeated references to a publication within the same section
D. Read carefully all "Notes on the Use of the Publication".
E.  Specify types, classes, weights, and similar applicable characteristics
required to ensure accurate description.
From time to time requests are made to consider the use of materials which are
comparatively new. The fact that a material is new should not necessarily bar its use,
provided it has been thoroughly investigated. Neither should previous use place a
material in an "approved" category. Usually, service records of new materials do not
exist. It is necessary, therefore, to base judgments upon laboratory tests. Such tests, in
order to be accepted as authoritative, should be made by impartial qualified
laboratories. Tests conducted by laboratories employed by manufacturers do not
always show possible defects in the material tested. Unless a material is tested under
the conditions of actual use, or comparisons are made under like conditions, the results
are not conclusive. Most reputable manufacturers will furnish readily all requested
information and answer all reasonable questions. Unless the manufacturer of a new
material furnishes factual data sufficient to evaluate the material, it should not be
considered for use. If a material is considered for use, a suggested competitive-type
specification should be obtained from the manufacturer. Such a specification must be
analyzed and revised as necessary to assure that a competitive, good-quality product
will be obtained.
For overseas projects the Buy American Act does not apply. Therefore,
specifications shall be written to reflect the use of local materials, standards and codes.
U. S. Standards shall not be used unless they are a recognized standard which is used
in the local area or if the use of U. S. Materials is required. Use of SPECSINTACT is
optional. A&E may use specifications from previous projects which have been
localized but must, if used, be updated to current standards and technology and shall
incorporate Interim Specification Revisions (ISR). A submittal register shall be


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