Can I hang cabinets from metal studs?

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On 25 Mar 2005 08:14:06 -0800, the inscrutable snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com spake:

2nd alternative: Use french cleats upside down on the bottom row so they make dovetails, then slide on the cabinets!
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The short answer is No, you can't just screw to the metal studs. They're just too thin to provide much pull-out resistance. However, with some wood blocking, this is standard construction for office and schools. Both of these environments put much greater loads and abuse on wall hung cabinets than you ever will. As one of the previous replys stated, use a reversed piece of stud and wood blocking, typically either plywood or 2X6. Cut a groove at each end on the face to fit the little lip on the studs (the part that makes it a 'C' instead of a 'U' shape) so the blocking fits up tight to the stud and doesn't distort it. Screw through the metal stud into the blocking to secure it. With plywood, screw on the face, with 2X6 you can screw through the ends. If you have a lot to do, your local lumber can mill these up by the pallet load for you. Put blocking continuously at the top and bottom of the cabinets; you and your SWMBO could both hang on them and they'll never come loose.
Brian Elfert wrote:

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I would add some 2x4 backing to the inside of the metal stud where the cabinets will hang. Then when you hang the cabinets the screws will go through the stud, into the 2x4's. Greg
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At work, they add the plywood or 1x whatevers after the rock. Mark
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