Installing Steel Framing In Your Home Installing Steel Framing In Your Home

What You'll Need
Steel frame
Bottom tracks
Wall sheeting
Screw gun
Metal Shears
Metal cutting blade
Track flanges and screws

You can use steel framing to add rooms to your basement, or even add rooms or separating walls in your home without much effort. The steel frame method of building walls is similar to wood framing beside the materials and some basic measurements.

Step 1 - Calculate the New Wall or Room

Before installing your steel framing, you will want to get an idea of the area you are going to be building in. Figure the amount of running floor space you will have to cover, and from this you can calculate the materials you will need. Figure one stud every 24 inches and the base and top supports as well.

Step 2 - Secure the Base Tracks

You will now take your track and lay it as the base of your framing wall, use securing screws to lock it to the floor. This is what your studs are going to sit on in your steel framing, and keep the wall from moving after its built. Use your metal cutting blade and shears to get the tracks in line for the base of your frame wall, the ends should come flush together.

Step 3 - Installing the Verticals

Go along the track and measure 2 feet for the actual stud placement, the main difference here is that the studs are generally placed every 4 feet on a wood frame, and steel uses a 2 foot spread. Once these are installed using your track flanges and screws to secure them, start installing the top support to tie the studs and track together. You can assemble these on the ground and then lift them into place, however the steel framing is a bit heavier than wood.

Step 4 - Making Ceilings and Floor Framing

You can also use steel framing for floor joists by using i-beams for the foundation. These same materials and methods can be used both for the floors and the ceiling, and mount them to your existing frame, or your frame to them, once the floor panels are in place. Again, the process is the same except for the materials used, and the steel framing is much easier to work with and will last a lifetime.

Step 5 - Wall Boards and Outlets

Once you have the structure in place using your tools to secure all the parts together as you go, you will want to start mounting the wall sheeting to your steel framing. These wall sheets can be made of what ever material you desire, there are many types available in this day and age. You can get textured sheets, or even regular plywood or sheet rock, and they are attached to the walls to the studs every 24 inches.

Use metal bores to run holes through the stud walls to make room for your piping or electrical outlet lines. Your steel framing can be used to hold your lines just like a wood frame, and is much sturdier. You can then insulate your walls and before you seal them up, figure out the locations for your fixtures or outlets as you have planned.

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