Frequently Asked Questions

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...

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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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What is the role of a light gauge engineer?

The light gauge engineer takes the architectural and structural design prepared by the architect and structural engineer of record and designs a cold-formed steel structure to meet those specifications while also designing a structure unique to the capabilities and...

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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 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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