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ct73 02-05-2010 02:10 PM

Metal Stud framing ?
Hi, I'm pretty new to this site. I just framed out a new shower area of my house with metal studs. I was reading on the subject before I started and it was even easier than people said it would be. I also read that many people attach 2x4's to the inside of the metal stud for nailing in the door frame. The problem I have is this: the 2x4 is 1/4" wider than the metal stud. My question is: should I rip the 2x4 or go with a smaller size piece of wood? Or is the 2x4 even necessary at all? This is a temporary wall for privacy going into the adjoining bedroom.

Willie T 02-05-2010 03:03 PM

You use a long section of track there instead of a metal stud. Or just wood studs... without any metal around the door openings.

bjbatlanta 02-06-2010 11:02 AM

Yep, just slip a wood stud into the track and screw it top and bottom. For added srtenght you can back the wood stud with a metal stud and screw them together (flat side of the metal stud screwed to the 2"x4")....

tpolk 02-06-2010 11:15 AM

always frame my openings 6" wider and 1-1/2taller with metal studs on sides and track on top for cripples. Then fill back with one 2x4 on top and 2 on each side for jacks,makes hanging doors.trim easier

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