So I’m trying to install a pet door and came across this between my studs. This is the second pet door I install and have never seen this. I’m in the dinning room and the wall is obviously an outside wall. Can I just snip it off? Or should I relocate?

Angled steel between studs

  • looks like it is a discarded item ... you do not say if it is loose – jsotola May 14 at 17:43
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    If it's loose, pull it out. If it's firmly attached, it may be some sort of wind sheer bracing. How close to a corner is this? Where in the world are you located - do you get hurricanes or earthquakes? What's on the other side of that black tar paper - if it's solid wood, the bracing may not be necessary, if it's just insulating foam, it might be. – FreeMan May 14 at 17:46
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    Looks like an extruded aluminum track of some kind running at an angle. Curious. Perhaps shear support ? Looks like carpet transition tack strip at first glance. – Alaska Man May 14 at 17:47
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    If your wall sheathing is just foam this is probably diagonal (shear) bracing, as Alaska Man suggested. If that's the case, it's unlikely to be a problem until it is. :P – isherwood May 14 at 18:01
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    Looks a little like wind bracing to me. Especially if the insulation is in front of it. Is the home in an occasionally high-wind area (aka hurricanes, etc)? – Edwin Buck May 14 at 22:39

In my opinion, that should not be cut. It appears to be a structural part of the house. There will be others like that in the wall, at least 1 more, and if the wall is over 20' it will most likely have an extra one, 3 total. That was code minimum back in the day, and probably still is.

There is a chance that nothing would ever happen bad if it was cut, but that chance, I cannot recommend removing it. Code guidelines are the minimum, never advisable to do something that reduces the effectiveness of a building component that is structural in nature.

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