How to Build a Metal Stud Wall Part 1 How to Build a Metal Stud Wall Part 1

What You'll Need
Plans for the wall
Where the existing studs are
Measurements of the wall
Number of metal studs needed
Number of rails needed
Steel saws or cutters
Gloves
Goggles

A metal stud wall can be easier installed than a regular wood stud wall. The metal studs are straight and can be removed and moved again if you make mistakes along the way, very easily. Putting up a partition that is a non-load bearing wall takes a few steps, some good material and a little planning to make it come out right. In this 4 part article we are going to go step by step through what you will be doing and all the tools you will need to accomplish the job. We are going to start Part 1 with the planning of the wall. (To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)

Step 1 - Getting the Right Equipment for the Job

Working with steel rather than wood requires different equipment. You cannot use number 10 nails to put up a metal wall frame. You must have a special type screw to use to go through the metal. You must also use aviation snips to cut the metal with. If you don't have this equipment, you can rent it at the local rental store. You want to make sure that you have all the right materials and tools at your reach rather than having to stop and make a trip to get another thing that you forgot. If you are going to be making a lot of cuts on the metal, you might want to consider using a cut off saw with a metal blade on it. Again, if you don't have one you can rent it at the rental center.

Step 2 - Metals and Safety

You are going to want to consider the size of the metal studs you will be using. They come in several sizes and in different strength levels. The lower the number of the metal the stronger the metal. Once you get all this done you can start looking at the plans. The gloves are essential. Cut steel is sharp and will cut you. You have to be protected at all times while handling this metal.

Step 3 - Measuring for the Right Fit

Measure the linear feet of the wall and double it. There you have the length of steel plates you need for the top and bottom of the room. You will need one metal stud for every 16 inches of wall space you are going to have. Get an extra stud for each side of window or door. Looking at the plan you have made for the wall, you need to make sure that you have all the places marked for where you want any electrical outlets or any other wiring such as a cable line. You will be able to run these lines through the inside of the tracks and cover them to keep them from getting pinched or damaged.

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