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Metal Stud Partitions and How to Install Them

January 27, 2017
Image: alibaba.com

Image: alibaba.com

Are you considering a partition in your home? Or doing an interior fit-out where you’ll need interior walls? You really have two options: a timber stud wall or a metal stud wall (sometimes called stud and track).

The timber option is economical, certainly, but there are definite drawbacks. Timber may not be straight, it can shrink or split, and the final structure isn’t especially robust. This may be fine in certain applications, but not in others.

A metal stud wall uses metal components that are straight and true. Timbers can slot easily and securely into the C-shaped grooves. The result is an altogether more solid structure.

compound-member-of-stud-and-trackThe stud and track system uses U channels for the horizontals of your frame, and C studs for the verticals. You’ll need a spirit level, some tin snips and a powered screwdriver.

Here’s a video of how it’s done: How to Install Metal Stud Framing.

For the infill, you can use wood-based panels, like plywood or OSB sterlingboard. There is plenty of debate over the ethics of plywood these days, as it is usually sourced from overseas and potentially from endangered rainforests. OSB is made of resin-treated wood strands, so it has the added advantage of being a uniform product with no interior holes or weaknesses. You can screw into it anywhere with complete confidence.

Once your frame is up, you have the option of insulation, then a facing with plasterboard. Job done! And TBS stocks all these products, so we can help you with the entire project.

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