Lock and Load. The Trakloc Steel Framing System installs up to 50 percent faster than conventional steel studs, says the maker, because the telescopic studs — which lock into place without fasteners — don't have to be cut to length. According to the company, costs run about 25 percent higher than for traditional light-gauge metal studs. Trakloc, 866/787-2556, www.trakloc.com.

Mega Brace. Unlike many other manufactured shear panels, the iLevel Shear Brace can be trimmed to length in the field. Made from LSL lumber, it comes in 12- and 18-inch widths in lengths up to 20 feet. Predrilled holes help with mechanical installation; the mounting system allows some front-to-back adjustment. For pricing and availability, the...

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