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Building Construction: Lightweight Steel Framing

BY GREGORY HAVELWhen a building with the low cost of a wood-frame structure and the characteristics of a Type II (noncombustible) building is needed, today’s solution often is a building framed of steel studs. This type of building could be a small commercial structure, parts of a new or remodeled noncombustible (Type II) or fire-resistive (Type I) structure, an apartment building, or sometimes even a single-family residence. Once it has been sheathed and the interior and exterior finished surfaces have been applied, this type of construction is indistinguishable from wood framing.MATERIALSSteel studs are manufactured in the same sizes as dimensional lumber: 2 × 4 and 2 ×...

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