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Re: 16 gage wire strength

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In response to your question, our NBCC requires that "due consideration" be given to wind pressures acting on interior partitions and walls due to
differential pressures(windward and leeward sides), stack effect due to temperature, and pressurization due to mechanical equipment.  I hope I understood your question correctly.

Harold Sprague wrote:
First how can you have an interior wall UNDER 5 psf lateral load. 
Regards, Harold Sprague


Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:38:39 -0800
From: dmorris(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
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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