Iron Engineering FAQs

What are standard metal stud sizes?

Studs are commonly available in the following sizes: 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5.5, 4, 3.625, 3.5, 2.5, and 1.625 inches. The most popular stud sizes are 6 and 3.625 inches. A stud or track can be rolled to any requested dimension for an additional fee and lead time.

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How are cold-formed steel studs/track manufactured?

Large ‘coils’ of sheet steel are loaded into machines that first slice the steel into the necessary widths. A 600T125-43 track would be cut into something close to 8-1/2” wide. These smaller strips are rolled into smaller coils and fed into a rolling machine.

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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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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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