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RE: 16 gage wire strength

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First how can you have an interior wall UNDER 5 psf lateral load. 
 
Secondly, there is nothing to preclude the use of wire which is 12 ga. typically.   

Regards, Harold Sprague


 

Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:38:39 -0800
From: dmorris(--nospam--at)bbfm.com
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: 16 gage wire strength

For the typical wire tension bracing used for suspended ceilings and lights, what is the steel type that can be assumed for the wire?  This is the typical stuff they use for bracing suspended ceilings, lights, etc.  The contractor has asked to use solid 16 gage wire instead of light gage steel studs for the lateral bracing of the top of interior partition walls under 5 psf lateral loading.


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