Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
Steeling Their Skills
It’s a sure sign that steel framing is steadily moving forward as a conventional part of building homes.
|SkillsUSA-VICA steel framing competition|
It’s a sure sign that steel framing is steadily moving forward as a conventional part of building homes. The annual SkillsUSA-VICA national championships this summer included steel framing as part of its carpentry competition for the first time. About 75 carpentry students from around the country participated in the event in Kansas City, Mo. Contestants received a 45-minute introduction to steel framing as well as to applicable tools and fasteners before the competition. “It was so much easier than I thought it would be,” finalist Greg Rollins said.