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Gauge – Different for metal studs and rebar? YES!

One of the first things I learned during my career in construction that has continually come up is the gauge of metal studs and the gauge of rebar.   Gauge is a unit of measuring, and is completely different for metal studs and rebar!

Metal Studs

When gauge is applied to metal studs the lower the number the harder and stiffer and more load the stud can handle.  The higher the number the softer the metal and the stud handles less load.

Thank you Long Supply Co for the image

Thank you Long Supply Co for the image

Rebar

The word rebar is a combination of two words – reinforcing bar.  Rebars are steel bars that have ribs and they are placed into a bed of concrete to reinforce the concrete.  The ribs bind the bar to what it is planted in.  The thicker the bar, the higher the gauge.  The thinner the bar, the lower the gauge.

Synopsis for the quick reader.

When comparing 16 to 25 gauge metal studs:

  • Metal Stud that is 16 gauge is thicker.  16 gauge can handle more load.
  • Metal Stud that is 25 gauge is thinner.  25 gauge is the lightest or thinnest material available

When comparing 3 to 9  gauge rebar:

  • Rebar that is #3 gauge is 3/8” thick.
  • Rebar that is #9 gauge is 1” thick.

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