The use of metal stud work for framing in additions, interior walls, and soffits is becoming more widely accepted in many areas. However, working with metal studs in soffits can be a little tricky. Here are some useful tips to work with metal studs.
Lightweight and Versatile
Using metal studs is popular for soffits, and interior framing, as it is very lightweight and easy to work with. One person can easily hang metal soffits from the ceiling for a false ceiling or to hand heating and cooling air ducts.
It is much easier to work the metal studs when they are connected with a ladder framework. You can use self-tapping screws to connect them together and then lift them into place. This type of construction adds strength and stability to the framework.
Cut Sides to Make Angles
Great usefulness in metal studs is that you can use the entire length of them without having to cut them to size. You can make the connections to other surfaces by simply bending the ends and attaching them. To do this, use a pair of tin snips and cut the sides of the metal stud bending the stud into whatever angle you need.