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Old 08-27-04, 11:13 AM
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Basement refinishing: metal studs vs wood?

I want to start finishing my basement but I am wondering if I should try using metal studs.. I never used metal before so I am a little concerend how it will work out. Has anyone here used metal before? Is it as strong as wood.

I have used wood before and I like its strength. I like the fact that I can drill a screw into it and its tight.

Wood or metal?
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Boy I keep reading more sights on pros and cons of wood vs metal and I am leaning towards the wood....
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Most basements have at least some moisture. Even if it is just a bit of condensation where the warm air hits the cold concrete wall. Metal studs will rust.
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Depends upon the basement. Do you ever get water in it?
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I'd probably want my basement wired to the teeth, so I would lean towards metal. Of course, I would need to know the intended purpose of the room before making a final decision.
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Originally posted by ANDREMIKE
Boy I keep reading more sights on pros and cons of wood vs metal and I am leaning towards the wood....
Yep. Metal studs looked to be the next big thing, but there are certainly problems with them. I wouldn't go with metal.
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All basements have moisture. That's a given.
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Well, I am still finishing mine and I used wood.

If you have any seeping or sweating on your walls at all, go over them with two coats of Dry-Lok and then put up sheet plastic as a vapor barrier before building the stud walls against them.

Also, I built my walls out of untreated 2x4s but ontop of a treated 2x4 baseboard which is in turn attached to the basement floor first with construction adhesive and then with tapcons.

When you put in drywall, only drywall down to the bottom of the untreated wall. That way, if there is any minor flooding later, little if any of the drywall comes in contact with water.
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Originally posted by Pistol Pete
...Metal studs will rust.
Aluminum rusts?

In my last house I had the basement finished and the contractors used aluminum studs instead of wood. That basement had high humidity.

For them, they had all the framing done in an hour or so, because they were very quick with the metal snips.

If I was doing my own basement in my new house however, I would use wood. I didn't care for the "feel" of the aluminum framing. When we'd hang a picture, we could feel the aluminum bending as I drove in a screw. You could also feel it as you plugged-in and unplugged things like the vacuum cleaner.

I recommend wood. Aluminum is mostly for commercial applications.
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Originally posted by jw2299
I recommend wood. Aluminum is mostly for commercial applications.
Where building maintenance can not only remove the furniture of a fired middle-manager in a matter of minutes, they can remove his/her entire office.
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I would use metal,at least metal on the bottom in case of a flood.

Also use a plastic vapor barrier between the cement walls and the sheetrock.
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If termites are a problem in your immediate area go for the metal. Otherwwise wood.
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Originally posted by jw2299
Aluminum rusts?
Every metal stud I have seen was galvanized steel. I imagine the aluminum studs are a bit more expensive than wood.
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How about Metal Studs... with wood?
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When putting the drywall screws, you have to be very careful with metal studs as the screws will slide and not seat. With wood you can go in at any angle and the screws will grab.

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