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Thanks everyone for your replies and input!

It looks like most of you guys are already designing
this light guage stuff and we are behind in the times.
 

Thanks again!

Brian

--- Dave Adams <davea(--nospam--at)laneengineers.com> wrote:

> Brian,
> 
> It's not difficult, but it is not the same as
> structural steel design --
> you need to be familiar with what you're using.  Ask
> contractors who
> install it for their recommendations as far as
> layout, connections, etc.
> because a lot of folks have different ways of doing
> things that work
> just fine.  Following are some references that I
> think will be useful to
> you:
> 
> 1.  "Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed
> Steel Structural
> Members" by AISI
> 
> 2.  ICC Evaluation Report No. 4943P - "Bearing and
> Nonbearing Steel
> Studs" (SSMA)
> 
> 3.  "Light Steel Framing Manual" by The Steel
> Network, Inc.
> (www.steelnetwork.com) ... It's free (I think, can't
> remember when I got
> mine)
> 
> 4.  "Cold-Formed Steel Design" by Wei-Wen Yu (ISBN
> 04713-4809-0) ... You
> can probably find an early edition for cheap online.
> 
> There are also many online articles, etc., but make
> sure the author or
> sponsoring organization is reputable.
> 
> HTH,
> Dave K. Adams, S.E.
> Lane Engineers, Inc.
> Tulare, CA
> E-mail:  davea(--nospam--at)laneengineers.com
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian [mailto:bsh117(--nospam--at)yahoo.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 10:40 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: structural light guage framing
> 
> 
> List,
> 
> I just wanted some opinions from some fellow
> engineers
> out there.  
> 
> As a consulting structural engineer, I have never
> been
> asked to design light guage framing on my projects. 
> I've always sized some typical curtain wall or
> soffit
> members through a catalog and placed a general depth
> on my drawings.  I would leave it up to a light gage
> specialty engineer to design these areas and specify
> that on my drawings.
> 
> Recently, my boss has decided that our company will
> be designing all
> light gauge framing, including stud size, gauge, and
> screw attachment
> for soffit, fascia, and curtain wall framing.
> 
> Right now, I'm feeling kind of uncomfortable about
> this situation.  Should I be?  I don't feel that I
> know enough about a light guage system that I should
> be designing them.  Is sizing these members as easy
> as
> looking them up in the catalog and I'm over
> reacting?
> 
> I would love to hear your input.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Brian
> 
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