We started traveling for a few trade shows this Spring. While connecting with people at AWCI’s Convention and Expo Build23, we couldn’t stop talking about Snap Lock with the contractors who stopped at our booth. Snap Lock is our new bridging bar. It’s a relatively simple product that takes the “argh” out of installing bridging between studs.
The bridging bar has a starter clip that can be used in the first stud of a run. A screw at the beginning and at the end of a run are the only screws needed no matter the length of the run. Other bridging products require clips and screws at every stud.
Snap Lock eliminates fishing CRC or longer bridging products through stud knockouts, which can be particularly challenging for framers to do while hoisted high on a lift. And yes, it is strong enough to provide exceptional torsional stud restraint, even in load-bearing walls. While not necessary, the tab on the bar can be hammered into place for added strength. Snap Lock is available in 20- or 16-gauge steel and 16- or 24-inch lengths. If a different length is needed, maybe at the beginning or end of a run, the bridging bar flanges can be snipped. Then the product can be folded over and screwed into place using the small pre-punched holes. Larger holes are also provided in Snap Lock to allow for other products, such as conduit, to easily pass through.
Snap Lock is designed to be installed as the wall is being framed. Stud spacing is accomplished by the product. The tedious task of measuring between every stud is gone, so bye bye to all the “argh.”
Easier, quicker and stronger—that is an ideal formula for any product. It is the one that was used to create Snap Lock, as a simpler, faster and stronger way to snap your studs into layout.