Originally Posted by Daniel Holzman
Metal studs are commonly used in commercial framing. I have seen them placed 24 inch OC, however they could be used 16 OC if there was a special need. The techniques for connecting them are completely different than for wood studs, however once you adjust they are great to work with, since they don't twist or bow like wood. You do need fittings when you run wires through them to keep the wire from getting damaged. Drywall attachment is also different than wood.
In residential applications you have to be careful, though, when planning to hang kitchen cabinets. Then, according to the "experts" wood is preferred. Also, there is a slight difference in price. Metal studs being lower priced. As far as the studs being spaced @ 24" O.C., the vast majority of partitions (in commercial applications) are still built to the regular standard of 16" O.C.! (no matter what)
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