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The System Slotted Track

Deflection track "The System"

The System slotted deflection track is the only patented single piece system for deflection at the head-of-wall with positive attachment. Meets or exceeds all known building codes.

Flush-Mount Backing

Flush-Mount metal backing

The Flush-Mount backing system is the first and only backing system that is ADA Code Compliant for commercial grab bars and other wall-mounted applications.

Fire-Tite Bridging/Blocking

fire blocking metal framing

Fire-Tite is a simple, easily installed, cost effective solution to all metal stud framed bridging. Replaces traditional channel iron bridging with clips.

3-in-One Blocking/Backing

3-in-One is the only product on the market today to cover fire-blocking, bridging, and backing all in one piece. The 3-in-One is quick and easy to install between metal studs.

Technical Support

Metal-Lite™ has made a commitment to architects, contractors, owners, and building officials to provide the most extensive technical support in the metal stud framing industry. Whenever Metal-Lite metal framing component products are used in metal framing construction, Metal-Lite supports their use with field technical support to answer questions, assist with training for installations, and resolve technical issues as they arise during construction. This is Metal-Lite’s commitment to the designers and users of metal stud framing construction and its pledge to provide them with solutions to problems in the industry through using products that meet all National Building Codes.

Assembly Instructions

The Angle System:

Step 1: Bottom (floor) track - align and Shot Pin in place.

Step 2: Slotted Angle Ceiling Runner - Nominal 2 1/2" by 3-1/2" slotted steel angle.

Nominal 2 ý " wide leg of each angle to extend outward from wall. Angle to be secured to each valley of  steel floor units with steel screws or powder-driven fasteners.

Step 3: Template - Cut 12"-18" piece of Stud Material. Position against installed Ceiling Runner Angle (Step 2) and mark for installation of remaining Slotted Angle Ceiling Runner (Step 4). Pairs of angles to be installed with 3-1/2" vertical slotted legs parallel and spaced to accommodate steel studs.

Step 4: Slotted Angle Ceiling Runner - Nominal 2 ý " by 3-1/2" slotted steel angle.

Nominal 2 ý " wide leg of each angle to extend outward from wall and to be secured to each valley of steel floor units with steel screws or powder-driven fasteners.

Step 5: Spray-Applied Fire Resistive Material - After installation of the Slotted Angle Ceiling Runners (Step 2 & 4), they are to be sprayed with the thickness and density of material specified in the individual D700-, D800- or D900-Series Design. Spray up through the Slotted Angle Ceiling Runners into the steel floor unit flute area immediately above and between the slotted ceiling runner angles is to be completely filled with spray applied fire resistive material. Material is also to extend approximately 1" (One) down into the space between slotted ceiling runner angles.

Step 6: Cut and Insert Studs - Cut Studs to be flushed with fire proofing. Twist stud into both top and bottom tracks.

Step 7: Attach Studs to Lower and Upper Tracks - Attach to bottom track with #8 or #10 screw ý " long - wafer head steel screws without standoff washer. Attach upper Stud section with #8 or #10 screw ý " long - wafer head steel screws without standoff washer. Attach upper Stud section with #8 or #10 screw ý " long - wafer head steel screws without standoff aligned in center of slot. (note: Stand off Washer is not needed in construction, see PE revised notes).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before installing the gypsum board (Step 8A & 8B), ensure that fire proofing is at top of slot.

Step 8A: Two (2) Hour rating - Two (2) layers 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard, inner layer and outer layer.

Cut inner layer 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard to leave æ" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Attach to steel studs with 1" long Type S steel screws. Screwed off to USG standards.

Cut outer layer 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard to leave æ" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Attach to steel studs with 1 5/8" long Type S steel screws. Screwed off to USG standards.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Uppermost screws securing layers of gypsum board to the studs are to be located 3 to 4" below the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. No board attachment screws are to penetrate the slotted ceiling track. Joints of outer layer to be offset from inner layer joints.

Step 8B: One (1) Hour Rated - One (1) layer 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard

Cut inner layer 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard to leave æ" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Attach to steel studs with 1" long Type S steel screws. Screwed off to USG standards.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Uppermost screws securing layers of gypsum board to the studs are to be located 3 to 4" below the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. No board attachment screws are to penetrate the slotted ceiling track. Joints of outer layer to be offset from inner layer joints.


"The System™":

Step 1: Bottom (floor) Track - align and Shot Pin in place.

Step 2: Slotted Slip (ceiling) Track - align and connect using Tapcon Concrete Screws or Shot Pins.

Step 3: Cut and Insert Studs - Cut Studs æ" short (for top clearance at assembly). Twist stud into place (16", 24" OC as required).

Step 4: Attach Studs to Lower and Upper Tracks - Attach to bottom track with #8 or #10 screw ý" long - wafer head steel screws without standoff washer. Attach upper Stud section with #8 or #10 screw ý" long - wafer head steel screws without standoff washer aligned in center of slot. (note: Stand off Washer is not needed in construction, see PE revised notes).

Step 5A: Two (2) Hour Rated UL System number HW-D-0027 - Two (2) layers 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard (inner layer and outer layer).

Cut inner layer of 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard to leave 1 ý" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Attach to steel studs with 1" long Type S steel screws. Screwed off to USG standards.

Cut outer layer of 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard to leave æ" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Attach to steel studs with 1 5/8" long Type S steel screws. Screwed off to USG standards.

The inner and outer layers form the chair shaped space for fire resistant joint material to be inserted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Uppermost screws securing inner and outer layers of gypsum board to the studs are to be located 3 to 4" below the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. No board attachment screws are to penetrate the slotted ceiling track. Joints of outer layer to be offset from inner layer joints.

Step 5B: One (1) Hour Rated UL System number HW-D-0028 - One (1) layer 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard. In addition, cut a minimum 12" wide strip. (This strip is only used to create the "chair" shaped space for fire resistant joint material to be inserted)

Cut inner layer 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard to leave 1 ý" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Attach to steel studs with 1" long Type S steel screws. Screwed off to USG standards.

Rip minimum 12" wide strip from 5/8" standard Gypsum wallboard. Install to leave æ" clearance from the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. Install gypsum strip over the full sheet of gypsum board. Secure to steel studs with 1-5/8" long Type S steel screws. Strip of gypsum board also secured to full sheets of gypsum board midway between studs with 1-5/8" long type G steel laminating screws spaced maximum 6" OC, vertically.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Uppermost screws securing inner layer of gypsum board to the studs are to be located 3" to 4" below the valleys of the steel deck at the ceiling. No board attachment screws are to penetrate the slotted ceiling track. Joints of gypsum board strip to be offset from joints of full sheets of gypsum board.

Step 6: Joint Insulation - Cut mineral wool batt insulation (minimum 3 pcf density) into 2" wide by 2" thick insulation strips. Compress in thickness and insert in the æ " deep recess between the slotted ceiling track and the outer strip of gypsum board above the top edge of the full sheets of gypsum board. The insulation strips are to be pressed down until flush with the top edge of the gypsum board strip. Cut mineral wool batt insulation (minimum 3 pcf density) into 2" wide by 2" thick insulation strips. Compress in thickness and insert in the æ" linear gap between the gypsum board strip and the valleys of the steel floor units or the flute insulation. The joint insulation is to be packed into the linear gap until it is flush with the wall surfaces.

Step 7: Flute Insulation - Cut mineral wool batt insulation (minimum 3 pcf density) 25% bigger than flutes. Compress and insert into the flutes of the steel floor units above the top of the slotted ceiling track. The excess length of the mineral wool batt insulation is to project approximately 2" beyond each side of the slotted ceiling track.


3-in-One / Fire Blocking and Flush-Mount Backing:

Step 1: Determine Stud OC spacing. Choose 3-In-One to fit spacing.

Step 2: Angle 3-in-One between studs with bridging side up and mounting side to finish wall.

Insert flat notched end into the web of the stud, between flanges. Align perpendicular to metal studs.

Step 3: Locate and attach 3-In-One to studs with #8 ý" steel, self-tapping screws