There are three systems available for Metal Stud & Drywall. The first is a complete structural and non structural system with all ceiling types that includes Drywall and Insulation. The second is a non structural wall system that includes Drywall and Insulation. The third is a very quick system that fits in eTakeoff Dimension’s Advanced that provides data that fits in 4 Columns and would be suitable for very quick TI and remodeler work. This third system does wall and one type of ceiling framing.

Metal Stud sizes are actually more varied than wood sizes. The first system uses gauges from 25 through 12, heights to 24 feet (larger lengths are custom order items), all the common flange widths, track not only in different gauges but also in different leg heights. There are two common methods for building header assemblies and both are included in this system. Frequently, engineers will specify a heavier gauge stud at openings. Again, a part of the system. J-Metal and corner bead are included tools and/or options within the extensions (assemblies).

Drywall specifications allow 2 layers of (different, if desired) drywall on each side of a wall or ceiling assembly. Drywall can be specified to less than full height which often occurs in commercial and industrial applications. This protocol is standard with all three systems.

Insulation is part of the wall and ceiling extensions (assemblies) and is specified by choice of R-Factor in a dropdown box. Width of material is driven by stud spacing in walls and by square foot in ceilings. The material/labor pricing is by square foot. This specification is available only with systems one and two.

The descriptions below apply only to the first and/or second systems.

I added the capability to price the material/labor to the three components that make up a metal stud/drywall assembly: framing, drywall, insulation. Framing is priced for each individual length measurement in the case of walls or per square foot for ceiling area measurements; drywall is priced per square foot of drywall in the particular wall assembly and not as a total job global costing number; insulation is priced per square foot and is included with this system as most Metal Stud/Drywall contractors normally perform insulation.

There are two ways to frame ceilings, generally, and both are included. The first is drywall attached to horizontal studs (joists) and the second is a suspended ceiling constructed with CRC, hat track and wire suspension. An optional third way is T-Bar which is not part of the base system but rather it is an add to the system as not all contractors do this operation.

I have encountered several Metal Stud/Drywall contractors who also do plastering as part of their scope of work. Square yardage numbers are included if the user has checked a particular checkbox in the Quantity Worksheet though no material calculations are performed for plastering.

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