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Building Materials - Metal Studding

Why build with steel studs?

Steel StudThey don't warp, rot, split, crack or creep. They don't burn in a fire. They don't provide homes for various pests and organisms. They are stronger, straighter and dimensionally stable. You won't get nail pops or drywall cracks. Plus steel is 100% recyclable and studs are pre-punched for plumbing and electrical.

If you have never used steel studs for framing before, interior non-load bearing walls are a good place to start. They are easy to handle and install. Hamilton Builders' Supply Inc. stocks 1 5/8", 2 1/2", 3 5/8" and 6" steel studs and track.

Steel Stud Insulation Guide

Installation Guide:

1. Use a chalk line to layout the location of the walls on the floor.

2. Cut the Track the complete length of the wall. (Cut out the pieces where door openings occur).

3. Lay the top and bottom tracks beside each other on the chalk line on the floor and mark the stud locations with a black felt tip marker.

4. Mark the location of the wall on the ceiling and attach the top track to the ceiling using the appropriate fasteners. (Use blocking where track is parallel to floor joists).

5. Us your plumb bob to layout the location of the walls on the floor.

6. Place the bottom track to the floor with the door openings cut out. Screw the track to the wood sub floor or on concrete use a power actuated fastener. (Typically 24" on center)

7. Insert the studs with a twisting action into the track with flanges facing the same direction and openings matched up. (Use 2 studs adjacent to all openings.)

8. Screw stud to top and bottom track with framing screws, holding flange to track for easier attachment. Use your level to ensure studs are plumb.

9. If you are installing cabinets screw your cross bracing in place for hanging cabinets or where any heavy objects will be attached.

10. Before running electrical wiring, insert plastic grommets in pre-punched holes to protect wires. Install plumbing, insulation and vapour barrier if required.

11. Fasten Drywall to steel stud framing with drywall screws, apply drywall tape and joint compound, sand, prime and paint.