Most common Steel Framing Clips

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Steel framing clips are a small but essential part of any framing package, connecting members to each other, or to a primary frame. Whether anchoring studs or securing curtain walls while allowing movement through deflection, clips are integral to every steel frame design. At US Frame Factory, we supply all of the most common clips, in every size and configuration, whatever your requirements.

Here’s our guide to what clips may be required, and where they are most often used.

Anchor Clips

Anchor clips secure members to the sill or bottom tracks. Anchoring studs and other steel members to a concrete foundation is the main role of an anchor clip.

Fix your load bearing walls and shear walls to foundations, wall plates and sills. Anchor plates are ideal, light-duty fixing clips that can be used everywhere. You will need a concrete bolt and an anchor rod to fully secure them.

Angle Clips

Angle clips are used to make good, solid, rigid connections at door and windowsill junctions, for connecting door jambs, and other members that need movement minimized. They can also be used to bracing studs together with CRC channel.

They’re most commonly used in pairs at the corner where a header meets the king stud. Once the header is slotted into place it is supported by the angle clips while it is fixed into place.

Steel framing box header joined to jamb studs with a framing clip.
An angle clip used to secure the header to the jamb studs

Angle clips are used to fix u-channel bracing solidly too when it is passed through wall stud knockouts to laterally brace walls.

Steel framing angle clip used with CRC channel to brace metal studs.

Bridge clips

Bridge clips are a lightweight, super-fast way to secure a U-channel or CRC cold-rolled channel between wall studs. Fastbridge clips friction-fit within stud knockouts enabling U-channel to be secured with a single screw. They come in packs of 200 and fit easily in the hand for simple, rapid installation.

The terminating bridge clips are fixed to the main cold-rolled steel frame stud flanges with two #8 screws. Supplied in packs of 100 they are a fast fix clip for terminating bridging at structural studs (the last stud that is braced.)

A detail showing the fixing of a bridging clip to both the wall stud and u-channel

Deflection Clips

Deflection is the movement of a structural element relative to other structural elements and is managed on curtain walling with the use of deflection clips. A concrete floor will deflect when exposed to live loading, i.e. when an office building is occupied during the day the floors will be handling the combined weight of a number of people.

To combat cracking or distortion, deflection clips allow for movement, usually vertically, sometimes horizontally. Over time, concrete foundations may settle, or there may be other stressors such as wind loadings or shrinkage that might allow movement.

Using deflection clips is a great way to manage movement while ensuring a curtain wall remains a secure and effective part of the building’s envelope.

Interior walls are also vulnerable to compression forces, whether it’s snow-loading on a metal roof, or live-loads on a concrete floor overhead. Installing deflection clips between the head track and the ceiling will prevent distortion.

A deflection clip set within a head track below a steel beam

Bypass Clips

Bypass clips are what you need when you are fixing an external curtain wall to the main building structure. They can provide a solid, rigid connection, or a deflecting one for cope with any vertical movement up to three inches.

Deflection screws are provided with each clip for efficient, friction-free fixing, while the clips are available in standard sizes from six to twelve inches, to manage most medium to large standoff designs.

Universal bypass clips are designed to eliminate the need to order left or right-handed clips, and they don’t require shims to get the correct alignment when fitting. Whether welding, screwing or powder-fixing this can help to speed up the installation process.

Curtain Wall Bypass Connections

When you have to go deep with your standoff connections, the curtain wall bypass clip connections, at 24” can deal with the biggest challenges. If your spandrel beams are set well back from the building’s perimeter, these clips have the requisite reach.

Like the regular bypass clips, they also have the option for use as deflection clips and have the same versatility when it comes to choice of fixings.

Embossing on both these and other clips makes siting fixings simple so site teams will be able to accurately install them every time.

A bypass clip assembly

Drift Clips

Drift clips are the Kings of Deflection and are best utilized when there is a risk of side movement as well as vertical deflection.

Slide clips do both jobs at once, allowing for both deflection and drift up to an inch in all directions. Even with the frictionless fixings that come as standard with the drift clip package, these clips maintain a secure connection for a curtain wall to a primary frame.

Managing horizontal movement to help preserve and maintain the integrity of a façade, internal or external curtain wall can be taken up a notch and made specific with the use of drift rail locking clips. These items will restrict movement along a drift rail when used with a drift rail clip.

These clips are used in conjunction with a C-profile drift rail.

A drift rail clip system showing the relationship between the primary and secondary frames

Plywood Sheathing Clips

Wood blocking for plywood sheathing may be the time-served, traditional way of providing fixing points for plywood sheathing, but it is time consuming and it can be difficult to ensure consistency and accuracy.

A set of plywood sheathing clips can overcome all the uncertainty and furnish a fast, accurate set-up. They simply slip over the edge of the plyboard and come in a range of thicknesses to suit.

Image of a plywood sheathing clip shown in position securing two sheets of plywood

Moment Clips

These multi-use clips are the opposite of deflection and drift clips and a most often specified to resist any movement. Moment clips come with a rigid stiffening plate to deter horizontal, twisting, or vertical movement and are often used as part of a shear wall assembly, bolted through the floor track into the concrete foundation.

Moment clip with anchor plate bolted through floor track

Panel Lift Clips

These accessory clips are perfect for when you need to lift a pre-made panel into position. Simply screw at least two panel lift clips to the head track of a frame section to provide secure lifting points without risk of distorting the frame with direct equipment attachment.

A steel frame wall is fixed to a lifting beam ready to be transported into position for final fixing.

Box Header Clips

When there’s a need for speed a set of box header clips, straight out of the carton, eliminates any need to cut track on site. Specify box headers instead of angle clips to ensure certainty that your steel frame is comprehensively catered to.

A box header clip fixed to a stud ready to receive the header.

End Clips

A-series end clips are primarily used for reinforcement, either at knee walls or for jamb stud connections. They come un-punched so that the end-user can determine the number and position of fixings as required.

An un-punched end clip

Additional Recourses

What Screws to Use for Metal Studs – US Frame Factory

Structural and Non-Structural Metal Framing in Florida (usframefactory.com)

How to build 100% Steel Framed Mid-Rise Buildings (usframefactory.com)

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