How to Frame a Wall with Metal Studs
Framing a new wall or door? Consider using metal studs instead of traditional wood.
The traditional choice of materials for framing houses is wood. But in commercial construction steel framing is the norm, largely because steel studs are inherently fire-resistant. Steel framing, however, is gradually catching on with home remodelers. It has some real advantages over wood: It is lightweight, inexpensive, and strong. In addition, it won't rot, shrink, or warp (steel framing is ideal for framing walls in a basement, where moisture can create problems).
Walls framed with steel are built in place, one piece at a time. The primary fastener is a sheet metal screw; the primary tools are a drill/driver and metal snips.
To frame a wall with metal studs, expect to spend about 2 to 3 hours for a 12-foot wall. You'll need to plan the wall location and measure the height of the wall in several spots before you begin.