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sonofamike 01-23-2008 08:17 AM

Metal straps on stud wall
I have these metal straps running along the studs in my unfinished basement that look like they were be used instead of the short pieces between the studs. I'm catching up on the proper terminology.:D
I was wondering if these are a 'cheap-out' or if they are acceptable. Also, should they be replaced if I plan to drywall?

I can post a picture if that helps.

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Quattro 01-23-2008 08:37 AM

Maybe some sort of hurricane straps?

sonofamike 01-23-2008 09:12 AM

I'm not in Hurricane territory
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Here's a picture...I hope:o

Quattro 01-23-2008 11:07 AM

Oh, that looks more like resilient channel (or "z-channel")...but I could be wrong. It's designed to help isolate vibrations between rooms. Perhaps the previous owner was going to put a home theater in this part of the basement, but never got around to it. Got any broader pics, showing more of the area?

sonofamike 01-23-2008 07:41 PM

More details
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Here's a couple of shots.

Thanks for your time.


Daryl in Nanoose 01-23-2008 09:21 PM

How high are your walls. Resilient bars are usually spaced and theres more than one. I canda wonder if someone used that metal to help keep the studs straight especially if its over 8".

ToolGuy 01-23-2008 09:58 PM

That's just plain wierd. I'd remove it. :)

guyod 01-23-2008 10:26 PM

The only thing i can think of is maybe it was framed with some bowed boards and the strip is to straighten them out. so if you do take it out then at least drywall the one side first.

inspectorD 01-24-2008 05:48 AM

No need
Someone had an idea and ....well it was their idea of how to fix something. Or they used it to hang some special shelving....anyway it is doing nothing but keeping the studs in line. Not structural....or it would be everywhere.
Really no need for it. If it gets in the way of the sheetrock, remove it. :)
If you plan to drywall..start another thread, we can help in that department too.

sonofamike 01-24-2008 05:59 AM

Thanks All....
and good night.


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