Are all metal studs the same?

No. While many manufactures are members of industry groups that have standards, some manufactures operate under their own guidelines. As an example, ClarkDietrich 16-ga stud material is standard 50-KSI steel. Other manufacturers have 16-ga as 33-KSI. Galvanized...

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.

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...

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...