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Stud framing with self-tapping screws

Report ID: 11 Published: 1 November 2005 Region: CROSS-UK

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A reporter raises concerns about contractors not using the specified screws for constructing metal stud frame walls.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professional:

  • Any proposed changes to the type of fixings to be used on site should be first approved by the design engineer

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Another report was of proprietary metal stud framing fastened with self-tapping screws where the erectors used a different size of screw from that specified. This was spotted by the designer’s engineer.

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