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Old 01-14-2019, 08:43 AM   #1
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I am prepping to install metal studs around the internal perimeter of my gut reno home. The walls & ceiling were plaster and lathe and is now ripped down to brick and wood studs b/w the bricks. This is a 100 year old 3 family home - internal measurement 18 x 56. Im working on the top floor. It has a flat roof pitched downwards towards the back of the building. The bottom of the roof joists are 14 higher than the subfloor in the front and 12 higher in the back. Planned ceiling height is 10'.

My initial plan was to screw the metal track to the bottom of the ceiling joists. But ceiling joists have peaks and valleys everywhere and are somewhat twisted. So I went to plan B.

Plan B is to screw a 2x3 wood stud into the wood frame of the house at the correct height all around the interior. Im using a laser to level. And then attach the metal track to the 2x3 stud. I did a test run in a small area and it seems to work no problem.

Is this method of attaching the top metal track acceptable?






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Old 01-14-2019, 10:50 AM   #2
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Re: Metal Stud Wall Installation Question


build the wall & stand it up - secure appropriately & of course plumb
You are leaving a gap between the two walls right?

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build the wall & stand it up - secure appropriately & of course plumb
You are leaving a gap between the two walls right?


Ive read other people doing that. Why do you prefer to build on the floor first?

Yes there will be about a 1 gap.

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Easier and faster to build on the ground, althought with metal framing it's a little flimsy standing it up. Keep the wall height to your lowest point and shim the gaps between the higher joists to attach them. Keep I simple.
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Easier and faster to build on the ground, althought with metal framing it's a little flimsy standing it up. Keep the wall height to your lowest point and shim the gaps between the higher joists to attach them. Keep I simple.

Your method made it easier. One mistake I made with my first wall was the floor wasnt level. So the studs werent plumb. Ill shim the floor level going forward.



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As a general rule, in commercial, we attach the top and bottom rail, then slide the studs in.

On residential, we usually do the same, but in the beginning we framed it like wood.

Im not sure why its different. Possibly because commercial usually has taller walls. We just finished one. The walls were 14 tall with a 134 ceiling. Not enough room to build them in the floor.


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