How to Build a Stud Wall Part 3 How to Build a Stud Wall Part 3
A stud wall is a typical form of light weight balloon construction found in buildings. The non-load bearing walls are generally made with wood and have a stick and frame structure to hold it. Finding a stud wall is an easy task. The simplest method is to run an electric razor through dry walls. There are times, when you might want to partition a room and in such cases, stud walls come handy. The moment you notice a sudden change in vibration, you will know you have come across a stud wall. Building a stud wall all by yourself is an easy task. Follow the steps mentioned below to build your own stud wall. (This is Part 3 of a 3 part series. To return to Part 2, click here.)
Step 1: Identifying the Location
The first step involves identifying the place where you need to build a stud wall. Consider the purpose of the wall: Are you building it to create a partition between two rooms? In such cases, a stud wall must have a door acting as a passage between the rooms. Once these important factors are decided we move to the second step.
Step 2: Building the Sole Plate
The first phase of construction involves building a sole plate. For this you need to cut a few pieces of wood and place them between the existing wall and the to-be-created stud wall, and nail them to the floorboard.
Step 3: Identifying Layout of the House
Identify the layout of your house. Most houses are built with either 16-inch center walls or 24-inch center walls. To maintain symmetry the stud wall has to have the same center depth as the rest of the house. Most of the times, the 16-inch center walls are used in the rooms and the 24-inch center walls are used in the garage.
Step 4: Measuring the Size
Use a measuring tape, to measure the size of the wall you intend to build. Once the measurement is taken cut the timber plate into three parts. The idea is to have three plates, one for the bottom and two for the top portion cut to the width.
Step 5: Affixing the Timber Plate
Affix the top most timber plate with the ceiling. You can either hang it from the ceiling and then nail it later or simply nail it at the beginning. This ensures that the top portion of your stud wall is attached to the ceiling. Then place the middle strip to the top portion and lastly place the bottom strip between the sole plate and the middle portion.
Step 6: Nail the Top Plate
Once all the strips are placed as per order. Nail the top plate to the wall above and the bottom plate to the sole plate. Re check that the wall is straight and not slanted.
Step 7: Nailing
Use 16 D nails to hold the wall at its place. These nails are strong and give support to the stud walls.
While cutting timber plates into strips, it is wise to keep a few extra inches for adjustment.