things you should know about walls. studs exist to hold up drywall on interior walls and wood sheathing on exterior walls. this means you will always find a stud, header, or footer on the top
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heat loss: steel studs that are in contact with a conditioned area on one face i.e. a heated basement and a cold outdoor area on the other face masonry foundation walls , will allow considerably more heat loss than do wood studs since metal is a much better thermal conductor. this can be avoided if the walls are constructed with a thermal
steel studs are more affordable than wood. that’s right; metal is cheaper a lot of studs are now made from recycled materials, which cut down costs when compared to disposable wood. cons of metal studs. despite all of the advantages that metal studs have to offer, there are a few dbacks that you should caution yourself to remember.
for wood-stud walls, construction requires soundproofing features to ensure a quiet and peaceful home. the low thermal mass of wood studs creates thermal bridging reducing the overall energy efficiency of the whole wall assembly. the quality of wood studs has diminished resulting in more on-site waste.
measure 16 inches from the first stud you find to approximate the location of the next one. look for the same signs of a stud in that area, or rap on the wall sharply with your knuckles and listen
estimate stud locations by looking at the wall. on drywall walls, raised or sunken imperfections running vertically indicate fasteners that secure the panels to the studs. the fasteners give you a good estimate of the center of the studs. holding a light near the wall as you look along it can help you find the imperfections.
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cmu is indeed more fire resistant than wood studs and plywood sheathing, although wood framing is still used and attached to the inside of cmu walls to allow for concealment of mechanical piping and wiring. if a fire occurs where cmu walls are used, wood studs sleepers would most likely be damaged while the cmu may or may not be salvageable.
we’ve all been there at some point: anxiously trying to find a wall stud while you’re in the process of hanging a picture, shelf or tv mount. most stud finders are inconsistent at best, and i
the picture hang-up. the safest and easiest way to hang a picture is to locate a stud a vertical wood beam behind the wall and drive a screw strht into it. with about 5.2 million
steel studs are gaining popularity, especially for non load-bearing walls, and are required in some firewalls. other terms. studs used to frame around window and door openings are given different names, including king stud − stud to left or right of a window or door that is continuous from the bottom plate to the top plate
the double stud wall is better for soundproofing but has its dbacks. read until the end of this post if you would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of each type. staggered stud wall construction. a normal wall will have 2×4 lumber used for framing separated by 16 inches. the 2x4s will be attached to the bottom and top plates.