FAQs

TRAKLOC® DRYWALL FRAMING SYSTEM - FAQS

What is TRAKLOC?
• TRAKLOC is a non-load bearing steel framing system for use in interior walls that is designed to save the contractor time in installation and to provide jobsite solutions.

• TRAKLOC has an ICC-ESR-1464 code approved stud-to-track connection where the stud twists and locks into the top and bottom track without the use of mechanical fasteners.

• TRAKLOC is manufactured in fixed lengths for through-grid or under-grid conditions and also in a two-piece telescoping adjustable-length configuration for deck-to-deck conditions requiring vertical deflection.

• TRAKLOC can be used in one-hour and two-hour fire-rated wall assemblies that require head-of-wall vertical deflection and non-rated walls that do not require deflection. Find out more in TRAKLOC's Fire Rated Systems page.
 
How does TRAKLOC save the steel framing installer time?
• TRAKLOC Adjustable Stud (TLA) accommodates for variations in floor to ceiling heights.

• Eliminates need to measure and cut studs on jobsite.

• Code approved twist-and-lock connection minimizes use of mechanical fasteners.

• TRAKLOC system allows for seismic and live-load vertical inter-floor deflection.

• TRAKLOC studs can be installed standing on the floor.

• Reduces time spent bending over or climbing ladders and scaffolds to install fasteners.

• Significantly reduces material scrap and waste resulting in a cleaner, safer jobsite.

• Safer jobsite and fewer accidents can result in lower workers compensation costs.

• TRAKLOC Elevator Stud (TLE) can be collapsed to fit in building elevators. Reduces cost of stocking long studs on higher building floors with limited size elevators.
 
How does the TRAKLOC system allow for vertical inter-floor deflection?
• Vertical deflection is accommodated by the telescoping TRAKLOC Deflection Stud (TLD), not the track.

• Slots located in the side flange of the TRAKLOC Stud Extension allow drywall to be positively attached to the primary stud while still allowing for unrestrained cyclic movement between the TRAKLOC stud and TRAKLOC stud extension.

• Unlike slotted-track systems, TRAKLOC deflection system does NOT rely on labor-intensive field measuring, cutting and careful location of the fasteners.
 
Is TRAKLOC approved in my area?
• TRAKLOC meets the requirements of the International Building Code.

• ICC-ES Report No. ICC-ESR-1464 Dated January 2015.

• TRAKLOC has been fire-tested in accordance with ASTM E-119 and ASTM E-1966.

• TRAKLOC is Intertek Design Listed and approved for use in one-hour and two-hour fire-rated head-of-wall deflection assemblies.

• TRAKLOC has been approved for use in the cities of Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Nashville, Memphis, Charlotte, Washington D.C. and many other jurisdictions.
 
How much does TRAKLOC cost compared to conventional steel framing?
• Due to the significant reduction in labor expense TRAKLOC can be more advantageous than conventional steel framing materials on an installed cost basis. Installed cost can be less than conventional steel framing materials, depending on the type and complexity of the project. 
 
What are the available TRAKLOC sizes and steel thicknesses?
• 2-1/2, 3-5/8, 4"and 6 Inch.

• TRAKLOC is manufactured in 18, 30 and 33 Mil thickness.

• Find out more on TRAKLOC's Stud Profile page
 
What is the minimum overlap on a TRAKLOC telescopic-stud assembly?
This typically varies from 4" to 12". The minimum overlap length will be calculated at the time of manufacture based on specific project requirements such as wall height, lateral load and deflection limits specified by the project engineer.
 
What happens if you have to cut the swage off the stud?
In isolated instances where you need to cut the swage off of a stud it can still be attached to the track with a mechanical fastener. 
 
Is installation of TRAKLOC Track any different than conventional track?
• TRAKLOC top and bottom tracks are installed in essentially the same manner as conventional track. The same fasteners and tools are utilized.

• Framers will most often want to re-think their crew scheduling in order to realize maximum savings in installed costs given the shorter time required to frame in studs and header openings compared to traditional framing. 
 
Can I install a TRAKLOC Stud anywhere along the TRAKLOC Track?
Yes, the TRAKLOC Studs can be inserted anywhere along the length of the TRAKLOC Track, at regular as well as infinitely adjustable irregular intervals and spacing.
 
Can TRAKLOC be used in load-bearing walls?
No, the TRAKLOC system is currently approved for use in non-load-bearing walls only.
 
What do I do if a plumber or electrician moves the TRAKLOC stud off layout?
• The dimpling in the center of the track greatly minimizes unwanted movement of the stud.

• However, if the TRAKLOC stud is moved off layout by other trades, the stud can be slid back into place.

• Drywall installers have commented that they find the ability of the stud to be moved slightly in order to adjust for off-layout stud spacing to be a positive characteristic of the TRAKLOC system.
 
What is the maximum length of TRAKLOC studs?
This varies depending on the stud size, gauge, wall height and design loads. Refer to the TRAKLOC Limiting Wall Height Table.
 
Are all TRAKLOC studs telescopic?
No, TRAKLOC studs are also available in fixed lengths as short as 12" and as long as you need them to be. However most framers prefer the flexibility and adjustability afforded by the telescoping product.
 
Do TRAKLOC studs have service holes?
Yes, all TRAKLOC studs come with 4" x 1 1/2" service holes on 24" centers.

• These locations can be tailored to the customer's needs.
 
Can TRAKLOC be ordered in custom lengths?
Yes, TRAKLOC can be ordered in custom lengths as short as 12" for header and soffit framing needs. Short length charges may apply.
 
How long has TRAKLOC been in use?
TRAKLOC was first used in the United States in 2005.
 
How do I cut TRAKLOC studs and track?
• The design of TRAKLOC is intended to eliminate the need to cut studs. However, if you need to cut the stud or track, standard steel framing tools can be utilized.

• Just remember that as a rule, don't cut the swaged end of a stud. Simply slide out the TRAKLOC Stud Extionion, cut the open end of the main stud to the desired length, then "snap" the Stud Extionsion back into the end of the main stud.
 
Are mechanical fasteners ever used with the TRAKLOC system?
• Yes. Although the amount of mechanical fastening is greatly reduced, you will typically use screws at corners, king studs, header assemblies, etc. When screws are used, they are installed in the recess V-groove of the track, eliminating the "bump" in the drywall. This is especially beneficial around door and window headers and makes finishing the drywall cleaner, easier and faster.

• By allowing screws to be inserted into the track's "V-groove", the framer is able to shoot the screw in at a 45 degree angle to the wall instead of at a 90 degree angle as is the case with conventional framing. While this might not sound like a big deal, the screws are easier to get started and it greatly reduces the amount of bending from the knees and waist. This is seen by trade schools and apprenticeship programs as significant factors in reducing risks of knee and back strains and injuries.
 
How are door openings, window openings and soffits framed using TRAKLOC?
• Adjustable TRAKLOC short stud assemblies and header clips are available in pre-cut lengths as short as 12" to be used as "cripples" in header and soffit framing.

• This adjustability and pre-cut header clips allows headers and soffits to be framed much more efficiently.

Is TRAKLOC a "Green" Product?

• Yes. TRAKLOC products are manufactured from 100% recyclable cold-formed steel.

• TRAKLOC products can help your project qualify for LEED credits.

• See TRAKLOC's LEED page for more information.