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Might be building a pole barn/garage building, and was wondering if anyone has used steel studs do the framing between the post, to attach the siding on to? Question said, might be cheaper in cost, straighter, once braced, should be strong enough? One question is the gal. steel in contact with the pressure treated lumber? Thanks, for any help!
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Dave in Pa said:
Might be building a pole barn/garage building, and was wondering if anyone has used steel studs do the framing between the post, to attach the siding on to? Question said, might be cheaper in cost, straighter, once braced, should be strong enough? One question is the gal. steel in contact with the pressure treated lumber? Thanks, for any help! Dave
Should be fine with the galvanized steel touching concrete. All our hurricane straps wrap under pt bottom plates. Also, anchor bolts are all usually galvanized so it's a pretty typical situation.

As far as using them in lieu of dimensional lumber, as long as it's not a code issue in your area the only other thing you'd want to check is the manufacturer's specs on attaching / fastening your siding.
 

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Galv. shouldn't be a problem for PT, but you may want to think about framing out the inside and how easy it will be to attach shelving to the metal studs.
 

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20 ga. studs with OSB attached to exterior should be fine. It's done on commercial work all the time.
The post about attatching stuff to the interior should be considered though. If you have wood studs, there are alot of options for attaching stuff. If you have steel studs there isn't really a good way to hang shelving. Imagine hanging kitchen cabinets to steel studs.
It can be done, its just not easy or very sturdy.
 
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