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Builders' Steel Stud Guide

October 1996     

The Builders' Steel Stud Guide provides builders and contractors with instructions and details for cold-formed steel stud construction. It includes an introduction to steel stud construction with a description of the advantages of steel construction and measures unique to steel, an overview of steel framing members, and guidance on getting started with steel framing.

The guide provides detailed steel stud construction information for interior non-load-bearing walls and exterior load-bearing walls, including wall details, design considerations and tips and techniques for typical wall assemblies, corner framing and framing at openings.

The guide provides several additional sections:

  • A section on the tools and fasteners required for steel framing includes detail about field cuts, screw guns and fasteners.
  • A section on attaching finishing materials includes methods for attaching baseboard and other interior trim, cabinets and vanities, closet shelving and installing gypsum board.
  • A section on utility installation describes field cuts, plumbing, electrical and ductwork.
  • An appendix offers a sample steel stud floor plan and cut list.

Prepared for:
American Iron and Steel Institute

Prepared by:
NAHB Research Center
Upper Marlboro, MD

39 pages