Photo Gallery: Building A Metal Stud Wall

Metal stud walls are a good interior wall option. They are not susceptible to rotting and warping or termite damage. Review these steps for building your metal stud wall.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Laying Out: Location of the Wall

The first step to building a metal stud wall is layout. Lay out the location of the wall on the floor using a measuring tape and pencil.

Laying Out: Mark Ceiling Location

Use a plumb bob to mark three corresponding ceiling locations for the metal track.

Laying Out: Top Track Location

Lay out the top track of the metal wall using a chalk line. Pull the string line across the marks made in the previous step.

Laying Out: Measure, Mark and Cut

Measure, mark, and cut the top and bottom tracks. Cut out any sections from the bottom track for door openings.

Installing the Outer Frame: Bottom Track

Attach the bottom track to the floor. Mark the stud locations at 16-inch (400-mm) intervals on center on both the bottom and top tracks.

Installing the Outer Frame: Measure

To help increase accuracy, place the bottom and top tracks parallel with each other while marking the stud locations with a felt marker.

Installing the Outer Frame: Align Tracks

Align the top track with the chalk lines made on the ceiling. Attach the top track to the ceiling using fasteners. Use a plumb bob to mark the top track for the metal stud positions.

Installing the Outer Frame: Insert Metal Studs

Insert the studs into the metal tracks. It is easier to insert them perpendicular to their final position.

Installing the Outer Frame: Install Metal Studs

Using a twisting motion, move the metal studs into position. Make sure all of the flanges are facing the same direction.

Installing the Studs: Attach Studs

Clamp the metal studs to the tracks, making sure the stud is plumb. Then, using screws, attach each stud to the top and bottom tracks.

Installing the Studs: Level

After the screw is in place, use a level to check for plumb before installing the next stud.

Installing the Studs: Measure

Use a tape measure to check measurements for the metal studs along the top and bottom track, making sure they are 16 inches (400 mm) apart on center.

Installing the Studs: Secure Last Stud

Hold the last stud in place with a clamp, aligning the stud with the end of the bottom and top tracks, and secure in place.

Installing the Studs: Doorways & Windows

For doorways and windows, you will need to bridge the header. To make the piece fit with the studs, cut along the creases of the material and bend it back.

Installing the Studs: Install the Header Piece

Install the header piece with the flat side on top. The piece will be secured using metal screws.

Installing the Studs: Flatten Horizontal Pieces

The end of the flange has a slight lip. You will need to flatten the ends of the horizontal pieces to make a secure connection.

Installing Metal Studs to a Wood Frame

If you have a wood-framed house, you can still use metal studs to construct new walls in your house.

Installing Metal Studs to a Wood Frame: Connect Stud to Wall

Metal stud to wood frame connections can be made with drywall screws, as with wood-to-wood connections.

Installing Metal Studs to a Wood Frame: Connect Framing

When connecting metal framing members to wood, use the same techniques to wrap the end of the horizontal metal member around the stud.

Installing Metal Studs to a Wood Frame: Finish

After you have covered the metal frame with drywall and finished it in paper or paint, use screws to attach any trim. Nails will not make a connection into metal framing.

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