Summary: Learn how to construct a metal framed stud wall.
The advantages of installing a metal framed partition as opposed to a timber one is that it is lighter, uses up less space, allows more room on either side of the division, and does not cause excess stress on the floor. However, due to its lightweight properties and the fact that on completion it will only be 75mm (3in) thick, the partition will not block much sound. If that is not a problem then this is an ideal kit for room division.
Building a metal framed stud wall
When working with the metal profiles, make sure you wear gloves, as the edges are very sharp.
- Start by cutting the head profile to the required size and screwing it into the ceiling joists. When cutting the metal lengths, use a hacksaw. Always make sure when cutting the metal studs that you trim the same end for each of them so that the internal service slots stay aligned.
- The head profile should fit either at right angles to the joists or aligned directly along one if the partition has to run parallel with them.
- Using a plumb line from the head profile, mark where the sole profile will be fixed to the floor.
- Cut the sole piece to the required length, stick self-adhesive tape to its base and screw into the floor.
- Now you need to fix an end stud to the wall. To do this, measure the distance between the head and sole profiles, and cut the vertical stud to this length minus 5mm (1/5in) to allow for a small amount of clearance at the top.
- To fix the stud to the wall, first mark the fixing holes onto the wall, then drill and insert wall plugs. Screw the stud into place and repeat the same process on the opposite wall.
- Cut the next stud to length and position it with its centre exactly 600mm (2ft) from the wall stud. This distance allows for the sheets plasterboard to meet in the middle of the vertical stud. Note that the studs do not screw into the head and sole profile, instead they push-fit into place.
- Continue to fit the rest of the studs ensuring they are vertical and the correct distance apart.
- If a door is to be fitted, then the metal stud kit will include the lintel and door linings.
- Tape measure
- Plumb line
- Power drill/driver
- Self-adhesive tape
- Wall plugs
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