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The American Iron and Steel Institute has information on this. There on the web at


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Sent:	Tuesday, May 04, 1999 1:53 PM
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Subject:	light gage metal systems

Hi everyone,

We have a client that has requested us to investigate the possibility of 
using light gage metal systems (metal studs, joists, shear walls, etc.) for 
3- and 4- story housing building.  I've never used it (except for non-bearing 
walls) and I am having problems in finding technical information.  I know 
that Angeles Metal Systems used to be pretty big in this area however the 
telephone I get off of the internet has yielded nothing. 

Does any one have any information such as manufacturer's, programs etc. to 
help assist in the design of such a system?  The one problem that I foresee 
is the use of metal studs shear walls and holdowns.  I'm not sure how that's 
going to work.