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11:00AM | 02/21/01
Member Since: 02/20/01
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I am having our basement finished and have been given a choice between metal and wood framing for the walls. What are the Pros and cons of metal framing? Thanks in advance...


02:15AM | 02/22/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Steel is very uniform. Always the same dimensions, never twists or warps, no knots. Useful if height is a problem - 8 ft stud means 8 ft wall. Wood is 8 ft stud plus 1 1/2 inch header plus 1 1/2 inch footer means 8 ft 3 inch wall.

Requires slightly different construction methods - must use screws which is probably what should be used anyways. Transmits heat/cold. Must use specially sized insulation which may cost more.


02:27AM | 02/22/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
No termites with metal.


07:25AM | 03/05/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
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Both good points, but wood provides a more solid frame and is easier to work with. Metal is preferable only to cut costs or for some other site-specific reason such as a termite-infested home or keeping under weight limits.

And, no, it is not "obvious" that I have not worked with metal. It is only "obvious" that I disagree with the following two posts. Screws I have used in metal studs have "stripped," making the hole useless. In wood, if you hit the wood, the screw will bite. I can respect that some might prefer metal, but some people just prefer working with wood instead of metal.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited March 13, 2001).]


08:23AM | 03/05/01
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Obviously, Lawrence has never worked with steel studs before. I found steel stud much easier to work with. You can frame a basement in half the time it would take to do in wood.

Steel provides a solid frame. My walls are just as solid as any built with wood studs.


10:23AM | 03/07/01
Member Since: 02/13/01
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I agree with Bob here! The metal studs allow you to snap/hold them together for easier installation applications. They are also lighter, which makes them easier to handle and work with. Another advantage is that they are pre-holed (don't know the proper terminology) for wiring purposes etc... A few other things, it doesn't absorb moisture and will not burn down in case of a fire!

My .02 cents,


Desert Rat

09:21PM | 05/25/01
Member Since: 05/25/01
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I have always used wood but am now doing my basement with metal. I find the wood to be much faster. I can nail a wood frame together fast but I am slow at holding the metal together and driving screws without bending the metal. I like the unifomity and how straight the metal is.
The metal is good for my purpose because this is my basement, I am paying for it, and thus it is going slowly. I don't have to worry about it warping if I don't get it drywalled right away.
I am concerned about one thing. How do I attach base boards? I want to use natural wood so screws would show to much. Would brads hold? And last if I screw or nail through the float track into the bottom track what does this do to the flosted wall concept.
Desert Rat


12:31PM | 07/14/01
Member Since: 07/13/01
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To say some "Obviously" has never worked with steel studs before is a little insulting don't you think? Was it neccessary to insult him?

I've worked with both. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I prefer wood myself. That is a personal preference and I think that is what it boils down to. Which ever seems to be easier and fits your needs.


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