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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    understanding your point.

    there are different Gage steel studs, i have seen steel with a mechanical room above them, in a recent dollar bottom, all the the mechanical equipment including a MCC making the studs load bearing
    If actually providing structural load bearing that changes the game some.

    But even with wood members you can drill holes in more places in a vertical member then a horizontal member without weakening them too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    ... We drill out wooden studs, so why would punching metal be any different? ...
    Wood studs are not nearly as susceptible to wrinkling or crippling.

    That said, there are altogether too many variables for a zero-tolerance policy to be warranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcampbell View Post
    Wood studs are not nearly as susceptible to wrinkling or crippling...
    That's why they come that way already...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
    That's why they come that way already...
    Now if you can get them installed lined up correctly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sameguy View Post
    Now if you can get them installed lined up correctly!
    Be sure to line up the crowned sides on warped steel studs to avoid wavy drywall.

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    Anything that comes manufactured such as steel studs, that already have holes punched in them, are not supposed to be altered unless allowed by the manufacturer.
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

    There's no substitute for hard work....but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up trying to find one.

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    And when the "carpenters" use them in less-than-perfect walls, or above headers, or in short walls, etc...

    Are you telling me that on your jobs they always use a fresh piece, cut from the same direction, and make sure all the factory holes line up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyjwc View Post
    Anything that comes manufactured such as steel studs, that already have holes punched in them, are not supposed to be altered unless allowed by the manufacturer.
    Then either it's allowed by the manufacturer or the whole entire mechanical trades is going to construction hell. I'll give you a dollar for every stud that doesn't have an extra hole in it and you give me fifty cents for every one that does and I'll be money ahead.
    If you go and decide to dance with a gorilla the dance ain't over till the gorilla decides it's over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActionDave View Post
    Then either it's allowed by the manufacturer or the whole entire mechanical trades is going to construction hell. I'll give you a dollar for every stud that doesn't have an extra hole in it and you give me fifty cents for every one that does and I'll be money ahead.
    I want in on this action, I done punched enough holes myself that I could prolly retire.
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    I want in on this action, I done punched enough holes myself that I could prolly retire.
    Is burning holes with a torch nfg? Oops!

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