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When are shop drawings needed?

CFS shop drawings are needed when required by the contract specification, usually under 05400 or 09200. They are also needed when the construction drawings do not adequately represent what is to be built to support the imposed loads.

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Who is responsible for providing CFS shop drawings?

The subcontractor providing the metal framing is typically responsible for providing CFS shop drawings and calculations for approval. On some rare occasions, the Construction Manager may procure the shop drawings to speed up timelines or to equalize bid prices.

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How much weight can a steel stud wall support?

The capacity of a stud depends on many variables. The stud size, height, gauge, bracing condition, and lateral load (wind) will all have an effect on the stud capacity. A structural engineer should be consulted to determine a metal stud wall capacity.

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What gauge metal stud should I use?

The capacity of a stud depends on many variables. The stud size, height, gauge, bracing condition, and lateral load (wind) will all have an effect on the stud capacity. A structural engineer should be consulted to determine a metal stud wall capacity.

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How expensive are cold-formed steel shop drawings?

Prices will vary with project size and complexity. We get small project requests that can sometimes be accomplished for under $1,000. A typical one-story retail building is usually between $2,000 and $4,000. Large projects with BIM can quickly get into the tens of...

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