Whenever we think about building a ceiling or interior walls, many people still prefer traditional wooden studs. Being organic, these studs are susceptible to damage by fire and insects like termites or ants. With steel studs, this isn’t the case. In fact, they are lighter than the wooden studs. For those of you who do not know how to use metal studs, here is the procedure to construct with them at home.
Using the right tools
For installing metal studs, you will need the following tools-
- A hammer drill
- Metal cut off saw
- Screw gun
- Chalk box
- Plump Bob
Determining the number of studs needed
Next, you need to know where you are to install your metal studs. Generally, it is 1 stud per 12 inches. If there is a door or a window nearby, you will need additional studs
Determine and fit the location of the track
With the help of chalk, you need to outline the place where you need to fit the track for the studs. Once you are sure of this, you can fit the tracks on the floor as well as on the roof accordingly. Make sure that they are aligned perfectly. Use a plump bob for this.
Attaching the metal studs
You can now proceed to attach the metal studs by first cutting the studs to a proper length and then screwing them in to the track. Ensure that you install the studs facing the same side so that wires can pass through easily.
Attach wood blocking for doors, windows and cabinets as required
Once the steel stud frame is in place, you can then proceed to attach wood blocking for the doors, windows and cabinets.
After this is done, you can then proceed to apply the drywall and sheating for completing the walls.
This may sound difficult, but if done correctly, it is quite simple. You can do it yourself or hire a professional to get it done for you.