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How to Install a Stud Wall Using Metal Stud and Track

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Metal stud and track partitioning is a cost effective and flexible system that is ideally suited to installing in a wall in a range of environments including retail, commercial and domestic.

If you are thinking about installing a wall using this system, the following guide will help to ensure your project goes smoothly and gives you great results.
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Step 1: Planning

As with any construction project, when using metal stud and track it is vital to get the first step correct.

Take your time in planning out exactly where you want the wall to go. When you have decided; use a tape measure, levelling equipment and chalk line to mark on the floor, ceiling and any existing walls where your new walls will be.

 

Step 2: Attaching the track

Once you are satisfied that you have correctly marked where your wall is going to be, remembering to account for any gaps to install doors, it is time to install the track.

Fix the track to the floor and ceiling with appropriate fixings, at a maximum of 600mm centres. The fixings required will depend on the material you are fixing the track to.

 

Step 3: Preparing the Studs

Measure the height of the studs that will be required to fit between the base and head tracks and cut to size using an appropriate tool such as tin or aviation snips.

 

Step 4: Setting up the studs

When you have prepared your studs; take the first one and place the bottom into the base track and the top into the head track, then twist into place against the existing wall so that the stud is held in place by friction.

Next set up the rest of the studs at following the same process at a maximum of 600mm centres along the tracks.

 

Step 5: Fixing the Studs

Once you are happy that all the studs are correctly in place, fix the end studs to the existing wall using an appropriate fixings, at a maximum of 600mm centres.

Then fix the remaining studs to the base and head track using MF 14 Wafer Tek Screws.

MF 14 WAFER
TREK SCREW
 

Step 6: Preparing for door frames

When installing studs that will hold door frames, it is necessary to insert a timber infill into the studs before fixing to the track. This is important as the timber batons will give extra strength to the structure and provide support for the door frame to be fixed to.

Attach the in-filled studs to the track using MF 14 25 mm screws, ensuring that the distance between them is appropriate to for the door frame you intend to use.

 

Step 7: Installing plasterboard

When the studs are all secure, it is time to install the first plasterboard layer. First, measure height of plasterboard required and cut to length. Next offer the board up to the metal frame and position carefully to ensure the board only overlaps half stud section.

Secure the plasterboard using MF 14 25mm drywall screws, fixing through the plasterboard on one side only into the metal frame. Screw round all edges of the board that meet the frame at a maximum of 300mm centres.

 

Step 8: Insulation

After having fixed plasterboard to one side of the wall, insulation can easily be fitted to provide additional acoustic, thermal and fire performance as required. Simply cut your choice of insulation to fit and place against the plasterboard in the inside of the partition.

 

Step 9: Close off the wall

When all services (electrical, wiring, plumbing etc.) have been installed within the partition, you can close off the wall using plasterboard on the second side. Simply attach the plasterboard in the same way as with the first side.

 

Step 10: Creating a corner

To create a corner, simply place a stud at 90 degree angle to the end stud and attach using MF 14 25mm drywall screws.

 

Step 11: Creating a doorway

Having used timber to infill studs for use in the door frame, and positioned correctly (as per step 6), the next step in creating a doorway is to install the door frame head section.

Measure the distance between the side studs; then use another piece of track to create a connecting part. To do this, cut a piece of track longer than the distance between the side studs and turn to a 90 degree angle on both ends. This should then be installed where door frame head section will go, fixed using mf14 wafer tek screws.

 

Step 12: Protecting corners & skim

If you are planning to apply a plaster finish to the wall, a thin coat angle bead is essential to protect any corners before the skim is applied.

Simply measure and cut the length of bead required and screw to the corner joint.

The wall is then ready for plastering or dry lining.

 

Step 13: Installing an access panel.

After skimming the wall you may require access to services within – fitting a plastic access panel is a straightforward and cost effective means to allow you access.

Mark on wall where you would like panel to be and cut a hole just slightly larger than the panel frame, being careful not to damage any of the steel framework behind.

Apply a bead of adhesive around the edge of the frame and fix into place. The panel door can then be opened to provide full access to services as required.

Finally, the wall and panel can be painted as one to provide a smooth, clean finish.

 

Step 14: Additional Plasterboard Layer

Before applying a final skim to the wall and painting, you may wish to fit an additional layer of plasterboard. This will help to further increase the performance of the wall.

Simply attach the plasterboard, ensuring to stagger the joints so that the boards overlap.

an additional layer of plasterboard can be fitted to further increase the performance of the wall as required, staggering the boards so the joints overlap.

To see a walk through of the process to install a metal stud wall, watch the video below. Keep watching to the end to reveal details of how to get a special video discount voucher.
 

by Phillip Lidgerton

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