I am building some cabinets to be hung from as yet unbuilt wall.
I want to build the wall from 25 or 26 gauge steel studs (whatever they
sell at Home Depot/Menards) instead of woood studs.
Will screwing the cabinets into the metal studs be enough support?
And using more screws to attach it. While the weight of a cabinet might be
enough to pull four screws out of the metal studs, it will not pull four
properly-sized screws out of plywood, nor will it be enough to pull out, say,
two dozen screws holding the plywood to the studs. (Numbers picked out of the
air to illustrate the point. Direct relationship to reality should not be
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Where did this "2 or 3" of wood" suddenly come from?
I was commenting on the comment that said that "plywood" would be an
improvement. But this very same plywood screws into the very same
studs, so I fail to see an advantage.
Now if you're suggesting a 2 x 3 stud inside the metal studs for a
backup "nailer" then we are on the same page. That's what I would do.
Pretty much like is sometimes done for door and window openings.
OK, steel studs are 3 sided. Think of the letter C. The Plywood is attached
behind the front face of the steel stud. The screw goes through the front
face of the steel stud and then into the plywood. The screw has the
thickness of the plywood to get its holding power. If the screw simply went
through the steel stud it would strip and pull out of the stud. Then the
cavbinet screws are screwed into the plywood.
Is the wall in the basement? If so then no - too much rust potential. I
would _guess_ at the same issue in a kitchen. Others may have different
...Otherwise someone else can answer as I don't know. But if I were
making the wall I would install cross bracing where I was going to place
the wall and "make it work". Probably by making sure those studs had
Weight. Wood studs are much heavier than steel.
I'm converting a semi trailer to an RV. I plan to use 2x3 metal studs
to frame walls inside of the regular trailer walls. I can then add wiring
and insulation easily. the cabinets will hang on these walls.
Considering the weight of a semi trailer, do you think that wood studs would
make a noticeable difference considering every thing else that will go into
the trailer. Is 14,600 pounds going to be much worse than 14,000 pounds?
I think steel is stronger, isn't it? when I worked Demo for a summer, the
steel walls where a lot harder to tear down. just one steel stud will flex
and bend etc. be get two or more secured and there very secure, could be
wrong, just what I remebered
I can't imagine steel studs are stronger than wood unless you get into 20
gauge or heavier. Do they even make load bearing walls from steel studs
like they do with wood studs?
The fact that steel studs flex so bad is probably a sign that the studs
are not very strong.
I don't need strong walls for my RV. I just need walls that can hold
wiring and insulation along with holding up cabinets.
Your solution has already been posted, Brian. Take your choice:
Transition to wood studs where the cabinets will be hung or, and this I
think is the winner, use the 2"x6" notched to backup the steel studs.
As for the strength, the metal studs which I've seen installed used
construction adhesive AND screws to fasten the wallboard. Think torsion
box when that job's done. The weak point is sticking those screws
through that thin piece of metal and then subjecting it to the weight of
the cabinet trying to pull it out. If it was merely the shear force of
the cabinet trying to reach the floor you'd probably be okay but load
that cabinet up and have a door that swings wide, etc. and you introduce
other forces on that fastener which the steel stud may not hold all that
Just out of curiosity, how big is this semi-trailer RV going to be?
contain? You just going to haul it some place (hunting area) and park it
or actually travel around pulling it with a tractor?
As others have said, it's an interesting project. Hopefully you'll post
some pictures as it progresses
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