How would you like to be able to frame a perfectly straight wall each and every time? Using studs that won’t split or crack, and so light that you could carry 20 of them at once? If this sounds good to you, consider using steel studs for your next project. When you add in steel’s other benefits—it won’t burn or rot or get eaten by insects—we’re confident that these tips from our pro will make you think about steel.
Don’t lay track over a door opening
There are two basic steel framing components: studs and tracks. The track functions as the top and bottom plates. Lay out your walls and openings just like you would with wood, but when you install the bottom plate, don’t run the track across the door openings. You can’t use your recip saw to cut the opening out later, as you can with wood. Concrete screws (Tapcon is one brand) work well to attach the track to concrete.