Change Orders for Contractors: Good or Bad?
A guide to help you document and perform your work, so that you're protected on every jobsite.
(First Published in The Walls & Ceilings Magazine, September issue, 2019)
Construction projects have been described as organized chaos. Architects and engineers, who admittedly do not know everything about the complex systems they are designing, work with both traditional and new materials to develop a design that mostly meets the requirements of the owner. Invariably, during the course of a construction project, discrepancies are discovered, preferences change, or conditions are found that are not accounted for in the initial design. Any of these may lead to change. If this change leads to a change in the scope of work for the general contractor or subcontractor, or it has a significant impact on the timeframe of construction, change orders will be required.
Don Allen, P.E., Director of Engineering at Super Stud Building Products, will be part of a cold-formed steel framing panel discussion sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance (MASFA) entitled Demystifying EQ Studs. Steve Beach, Sales Representative for Super Stud and MASFA Board of Directors Member, will also be representing the multi-regional cold-formed metal framing manufacturer.
This is a decades-old question, that has a simple answer: the narrow leg that is attached to the stud (also called the “mounting flange”) goes down, and the wider leg that is attached to the sheathing goes up. The one exception is at the very bottom row of RC, closest to the bottom track, can be installed with the wide leg down and the narrow leg up. RC is always installed horizontally, and the narrow flange always goes to the stud or framing member, with the wider flange providing a surface for sheathing attachment.
Earlier today, the Gypsum Association issued recommendations on the application of abuse-resistant and impact-resistant gypsum panels on nonstructural steel studs. The recommendations are based partially on a series of field tests sponsored by the gypsum and steel framing industries, and partially on market-based input from Gypsum Association members.
So – you are a construction professional, and every day you either go to a project site or are in contact with your team onsite. As you review your personal commitment to environmental stewardship, you realize that your impact on the planet is not just what you do at home and in in your car that matters, but what happens on the jobsite matters as well.