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Response to underpants (Reply #12)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:35 PM

37. Metal studs are not self-supporting and are much harder to work with

When they built their house 25 years ago my parents wanted metal framing, but they couldn't find a contractor who would do it. Cold formed (bent sheet metal) Metal studs are not load-bearing, and will twist and buckle unless they are supported by the wall material on either side. So you still need enough wood to hold up the roof -- or hot-formed (extruded) steel beams, which are much more expensive still and radical overkill for a residential house. (A steel beam theoretically strong enough to replace a 2x4 would be so thin it would buckle, so you have to use much more steel than you "need" to frame a house.)

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