18th November 2019

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Can you use metal studs for load bearing walls?

Surprisingly, steel studs aren't as strong as wooden ones, especially the lighter versions that can only be used on interior, non-load-bearing walls. Steel studs can also cost more than wood ones, and you have to consider some special issues that come along with framing in metal.

Similarly, it is asked, is metal studs cheaper than wood?

A wall built with metal studs is virtually fireproof. Lower construction costs: There are some nuances to this area. Steel framing can cost three to 15 percent more than wood studs, based on Steel Framing Alliance calculations, but metal studs offer cost advantages in other areas that can offset this price difference.

What kind of screws are used for metal studs?

Coarse drywall screws feature coarse threads to secure gypsum board to studs. Fine drywall screws feature smaller heads and are used to secure drywall to metal studs. Self-drilling and pan-head screws can be used with metal studs or frames.

How far apart are metal studs in the wall?

If you don't have a stud finder, there are several methods that can be effective in finding studs. When a home is framed, the wall studs are usually spaced 16 or 24 inches apart. If you start in a corner and measure out 16 inches and you don't find a stud, you should find one at 24 inches.
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