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Old 07-15-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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Wood vs metal stud in shower

I stole this idea from "Tilelayher" "i was taught not to use metal in the shower its too flimsy we used to sister all the metal studs with 2x4s made from wood to make it stronger but im not a framer im a tile setter so im not sure if this is necessary"

I thought this was an interesting thought, and would worth a discussion here.

My opinion: If metal studs are installed as designed with proper fastners, braces etc, shouldn't they be as strong as wood studs. I have not used any for this purpose but have considered it. Hammy
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:46 PM   #2
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I have installed hardibacker 1/2" in six showers/tub surrounds in the last two days. I see goods and bads to the steel studs but once the backer goes up it seems to be pretty sturdy. Just my observations from my first time installing over metal studs.

Just glad I will be setting tile for a few weeks and done with the board. 1200 screws and my ryobi drill just keeps plugging along.

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If you use the proper studs and framing system its just like wood.

In michigan all we ever use in commercial work IS metal studs.
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:03 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Ken
If you use the proper studs...
Yep... The thin 25ga studs from the local Home Creapo flex quite a bit, even after the wallboard and Hardi go up... I dont think it matters how much blocking goes in, it's still going to flex.

I've used 20ga studs in basement bathrooms... They're much stiffer... Forget using tin snips to cut 'em though... A carborundum blade on a skilsaw is the way to go.. Use earplugs!
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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I think you'll find any tile industry specs for use of products over metal studs will call for 20ga. Those get pretty rigid when installed correctly and have a wall board attached to'em.

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