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Old 07-13-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
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i have a stucco house. i am going to frame in the upstairs two bedrooms with steel studs on the walls that are stucco. i have never used steel studs before but i found some cheap ones for sale on the internet. i have a few questions. how do the 90 degree corners fit together? where the steel stud wall meets the wood one how are they connected? can wood studs be used to frame the windows in ( to make it easier to screw the windows and nail the trim), with steel studs used everywhere else? what is the best way to attach the baseboards? any other tips would be appreciated.

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You can incorporate steel studs in with wood blocking to create window bucks and corners. Studs screw together to make corners. You'll also have to block between the studs to facilitate attachment of base.

Whatever you saved in buying steel studs over wood will be insignificant compared to the hassle involved in incorporating them in a wood-framed house. You have to use grommets for your wiring, etc...... You should be sure that your studs are of a gauge thick enough to handle the imposed loads if these are load-bearing walls. I'd sell them and get wood studs.

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I would also use wood in this application. Metal is more for commercial work. That said, here's how it's framed with metal. In your case, hang the drywall on the wood walls. Place a metal stud against the drywall and screw it to the drywall using regular 1 1/4" screws. Angle the screws through the inside rounded edge of the stud every 12" or so. Don't run the screws quite all the way in. They'll hold fine. No need to build a corner. Use wood jacks for your doors and windows and screw them to the metal. Most trim guns will shoot through light gauge metal or you can use trim screws (a pain). Even if you just "pin" the baseboard through the drywall (angle your nails to hold better); the caulk will hold it. Unless your stud are 16 gauge or heavier, they are not load bearing.
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well i decided to use the metal studs everywhere. i have not put any wood blocking anywhere. i framed around the window flush up with the window opening. then i will put in replacement windows. do they make screws that work easily in screwing the window sill and trim in?
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I have not read the ealier details of your post, but to answer your question in your last post:

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....do they make screws that work easily in screwing the window sill and trim in?
ANSWER: Trim head Screws: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?&page=1355
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