Some products help us use other products or materials more efficiently. For example, drywall clips allow the elimination of corner studs, engineered stair stringers reduce lumber waste, and concrete pigments and polishing systems can turn concrete slabs into attractive finished floors. We also recognize some products, like vacuum plumbing systems, which use less material than their conventional counterparts. Many products with this attribute are fairly unique, so we bring a skeptical eye to manufacturer claims, but not a specific standard.
USP Structural Connectors offers a line of prefabricated metal wall Bracing designed to provide structural support while minimizing material use. The company's offerings include flat bracing in a roll-out dispenser, T-style bracing engineered to nail to studs, and L-shaped design for additional strength and rigidity, and a style with rolled edges.
Let-in metal wall bracing, which provides racking resistance, can eliminate or reduce the need for wall sheathing in light-frame construction. Follow structural requirements carefully, and obtain a design review by a structural engineer if uncertain. Also check with a building official before substituting let-in bracing for structural sheathing.
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