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Any tips and techniques for using metal studs when framing a basement?

Asked by baltimoreboy (6points) January 6th, 2010

Considering using metal studs for framing a basement. Are there any websites that show examples or techniques of framing bulkheads and walls with metal studs. I know it’s still best to use wood for door frames even though the rest of the room/walls use metal. This is a great tip, but but what is the actual technique to “tie in” the wood door frame with the metal studs. I’m looking for pictures, etc, for tips like this. Thanks!

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cam6662's avatar

When I hear “basement” I think humidity. I wonder about the wisdom of using metal (steel) studs in a space that have walls that sweat. Maybe your basement is drier than the one I grew up in?

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

I guess I wouldn’t. You still must use treated wood for anything that contacts concrete or risk rot/rust. Especially on your outside walls, I don’t know that I’d do it unless you use a foam board on the outside of it and use the metal stud to hold that to the concrete wall. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help with your actual question. I know there is a foam board product that is two feet wide that has groves to fit a stud into so it insulates and seals the basement at the same time – a little pricey but a time saver.

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