Traditional Molding Vs. Steel Studs: Friend or Foe?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 23, 2020 10:58:02 AM

In any well-finished space, you’ll see the finishing touches of trim work, crown molding, chair rails, base molding, etc. Simple to install on wood framing, these traditional accents can create a truly polished look, and are almost always made of wood. These features are often missing in spaces like basements or office buildings. The reason is simple, commercial spaces or those prone to moisture are often framed using steel studs and historically, attaching anything to a steel stud, other than a steel stud, has been less than efficient. Here we discuss the variations in studs from wood to steel, and the tool that is making the bond between wood trim and steel studs possible.

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Topics: Steel Studs, ET&F

Light Gauge vs. Structural Steel Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 25, 2019 8:49:00 AM

Steel has an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio and flexes with force, which is why it’s commonly used for large construction projects. Steel is the ideal material for high rise buildings because it can withstand high winds, earthquakes and other stressors. Due to its strength, steel frames require fewer vertical supports, which in turn makes them more cost effective. Steel is also considered an eco-friendly material because all steel products contain recycled steel, and in framing, they typically contain a minimum of 25%. There are two options when it comes to steel framing: light gauge and structural steel. Here is a comparison of the two methods, and their best applications.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Steel Studs, Steel Thread

Pro-Tips and Best Practices for Installing Steel Studs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 15, 2018 9:14:00 AM

Steel studs are a great long-term solution. They don’t crack, split or rot and they will frame a wall perfectly on any project. While easy and convenient to use, there are some things to make installation go more smoothly. For those who have not worked with steel studs before, there are some installation techniques that differ from their traditional wood counterparts. Here are five tips and tricks to help you install steel studs like a pro.

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Topics: Steel Studs

6 Tips to Prevent Water from Wrecking Your Basement

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 22, 2018 10:18:29 AM

Whether your basement is newly renovated or merely a space to store old holiday decorations, no one wants water damage. Not only is it a hassle to clean but flooding and water often leave long-lasting damage that will come back to haunt you if left unrepaired. To avoid dealing with the mess that water damage brings, here are six steps that will help keep your basement dry.

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Topics: Steel Studs

Why steel studs may be the best choice for your build

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 5, 2018 6:09:00 AM

Steel studs are being chosen more frequently for both commercial and residential builds and with good reason.  They’re easy to work with because of their lightness. They’re strong and durable and the material is consistent in look and structure because it’s formed or manufactured. These are just a few of the well-documented benefits of steel. You can read more about the comparison of working with wood studs over steel studs in an additional article from our blog here.

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Topics: Steel Studs, Steel Thread

5 Problems with Wood Studs that Steel Studs Fix

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 12, 2018 11:28:41 AM

The path to construction perfection is paved by using the right materials and right tools for the right job. While wood studs are still the favored framing option, steel studs have some clear benefits when you’re comparing apples to apples. Here are five problems with wood studs and how steel ones address them.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Steel Studs, Steel Thread

Waterproofing Basics for Basement Construction and Renovation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 30, 2017 4:27:30 PM

Imagine a homeowner going to collect their favorite holiday decorations from the basement, only to discover condensation, or worse, standing water.  A wet basement or condensation issues are significant and valid concerns for homeowners. Whether the client expects you to be an expert in the matter or looks to you to solve simple issues, it’s important that you know some waterproofing basics.

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Topics: Steel Studs, Steel Thread

The Best Kept Secrets of Steel Studs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 22, 2017 10:47:15 AM

Steel studs have been gaining popularity in both residential and commercial projects. Over the past decade more structures are being built with steel studs and over 500,000 homes have been built using steel studs as opposed to the traditional wood stud. If you’re still not sold on the idea of completing your next project with steel studs, check out the industry’s best-kept secrets about steel studs to convince yourself.

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners, Steel Studs, Steel Thread

How to Limit Water Damage When Finishing a Basement

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 12, 2017 1:49:53 PM

A wet basement is one of the most common problems of home ownership. Whether it’s mold from dampness leaking through the foundation, or a burst pipe that floods the whole basement, it’s something almost every homeowner has had some level of experience with. While we can’t always prevent the cause of the moisture, we can build out basements that can stand up to it. Here are some tips on finishing basements that can reduce the likelihood of water damage.

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners, Steel Studs

Responsible for Construction Budget? Ways to Spend Wisely …

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 10, 2016 11:37:23 AM

As an independent contractor or a Project Manager (PM) within a large construction company, the goals are the same: produce quality work, on time and on budget. If properly bid out with no surprises along the way, then “on budget” can be more easily accomplished. But it’s construction, and we all know what can and will go wrong. So how can you attempt to keep on schedule and budget? 

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Deck Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners, Fencing, Steel Studs, Crate Fasteners, subfloors, RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, Tools


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