Frequently Asked Questions

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Are all metal clips the same?

No. Most metal clips are proprietary and have listed capacities. Another manufacturer might produce similar clips or one that can achieve the same result, but the capacities need to be checked.

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What are web stiffeners?

Joists or studs that bear on its flange put a compressive force into its web. In order to prevent buckling of the joist web, a small piece of the stud can be installed at the bearing location to improve the capacity. Some manufacturers provide precut web stiffeners...

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Can I weld cold-formed steel?

It is possible to weld cold-formed steel. The welder should be certified by the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.3 and follow AISI S100 standards. In general, field welding of material thinner than 16-ga is not recommended.

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Can I anchor bridging into a steel column?

Yes, in most cases. It can be challenging if the column is shorter than the width of the wall, though it can be done with the right approach. Ideally the column and wall should be the same width. In all cases, the loads that are getting transferred into the column...

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What’s the best type of bracing/bridging for a wall?

Besides site-specific restrictions, it really comes down to personal preference. For 8-inch studs, U-Channel w/ Clark Dietrich’s Fastbridge Clip is the preferred method of bracing 8-inch studs based upon our experience and feedback with contractors. For 10-inch and...

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Can sheathing be used instead of bracing/bridging?

Sheathing can often (not always) be used in lieu of bridging along the lengths of the stud for non-load bearing walls (exterior curtain wall). However, if the top of the stud isn’t screwed to the track (deflection track), then the stud will need top-of-wall bracing...

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