Steel wall bracing See also sheathing for plywood bracing and shear panels.
Steel strap bracing [view picture]
    4" wide 33 mil with gusset plates B1@.015 LF .38 .50 .88
    4" wide 43 mil with gusset plates B1@.015 LF .50 .50 1.00
    8.8" wide 33 mil B1@.015 LF .78 .50 1.28
    8.8" wide 43 mil B1@.015 LF 1.02 .50 1.52
    8.8" wide 54 mil B1@.015 LF 1.28 .50 1.78
Intermediate bracing 3-1/2", 33 mil studs or track
  350S162-33 (0.80 Lbs./LF) B1@.019 LF .86 .63 1.49
Temporary wood bracing for walls, assumes salvage at 50% and 3 uses
    1" x 4" Std & Btr B1@.006 LF .32 .20 .52
    1" x 6" Std & Btr B1@.010 LF .47 .33 .80
    2" x 4" utility B1@.012 LF .20 .40 .60
    2" x 6" utility B1@.018 LF .31 .60 .91
Wood wall plates Std & Btr, untreated. For pressure treated plates, see Wood sill plates for steel framing previously in this section. Figures in parentheses indicate board feet per LF. Costs shown include 10% waste.
  2" x 3" wall plates, per MBF — MBF 655.00 — 655.00
  2" x 4" wall plates, per MBF — MBF 605.00 — 605.00
  2" x 6" wall plates, per MBF — MBF 617.00 — 617.00
  2" x 8" wall plates, per MBF — MBF 598.00 — 598.00
  2" x 3" (.55 BF per LF) B1@.010 LF .40 .33 .73
  2" x 4" (.73 BF per LF) B1@.012 LF .49 .40 .89
  2" x 6" (1.10 BF per LF) B1@.018 LF .75 .60 1.35
  2" x 8" (1.10 BF per LF) B1@.018 LF .92 .60 1.52
Steel ceiling joists and soffits Per SF of area covered. Including typical stiffeners, splices, bracing, rim joists and screws. Add the cost of beams, bridging, blocking, ledger strips and trimmers as required. See costs for beams, bridging, backing, blocking and trimmers elsewhere in this section. Deduct for openings over 25 SF. Labor includes layout, assembly and alignment. Figures in parentheses show weight of steel per square foot of ceiling. Assumes minimal waste.
Using light-gauge steel framing materials at [view picture] — Lb .98 — .98
3-1/2" steel ceiling joists, 16" OC, 1-5/8" flange
    350S162-33 (20 gauge, .88 Lbs./SF) B1@.022 SF .86 .73 1.59
    350S162-43 (18 gauge), 1.11 Lbs./SF B1@.024 SF 1.09 .80 1.89
    350S162-54 (16 gauge, 1.35 Lbs./SF) B1@.027 SF 1.32 .90 2.22
    350S162-68 (14 gauge, 1.65 Lbs./SF) B1@.029 SF 1.62 .97 2.59
3-1/2" steel ceiling joists, 24" OC, 1-5/8" flange
    350S162-33 (20 gauge, .63 Lbs./SF) B1@.015 SF .62 .50 1.12
    350S162-43 (18 gauge, .79 Lbs./SF) B1@.017 SF .77 .57 1.34
    350S162-54 (16 gauge, .96 Lbs./SF) B1@.019 SF .94 .63 1.57
    350S162-68 (14 gauge, 1.17 Lbs./SF) B1@.020 SF 1.15 .67 1.82
4" steel ceiling joists, 16" OC, 1-5/8" flange
    400S162-33 (20 gauge, .93 Lbs./SF) B1@.022 SF .91 .73 1.64
    400S162-43 (18 gauge), 1.17 Lbs./SF B1@.024 SF 1.15 .80 1.95
    400S162-54 (16 gauge, 1.44 Lbs./SF) B1@.027 SF 1.41 .90 2.31
    400S162-68 (14 gauge, 1.76 Lbs./SF) B1@.029 SF 1.72 .97 2.69

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