This story shows how to frame with metal studs.
The traditional choice of materials for framing houses is wood. In commercial construction steel framing is the norm, largely because steel studs are inherently fire-resistant. Steel framing, however, is gradually catching on with home remodelers. It has some real advantages over wood: It is lightweight, inexpensive, and strong. In addition, it won't rot, shrink, or warp (steel framing is ideal for framing walls in a basement, where moisture can create problems).
Walls framed with steel are built in place, one piece at a time. The primary fastener is a sheet metal screw; the primary tools are a drill/driver and metal snips.
About 2 to 3 hours for a 12-foot wall
Tape measure, chalkline, plumb bob, drill/driver, metal snips
Measuring and laying out, power-driving screws, cutting sheet metal
Plan the wall location and measure the height of the wall in several spots.
Metal track and studs (4 studs for the first 4 feet of wall, 3 studs for every 4 feet thereafter), pan-head sheet metal screws
To splice two lengths of track together, cut a 2-inch slit in the center of one piece's web and compress opposite flanges slightly as you slide the pieces together. For corners remove the flange from one of the pieces and overlap the webs as shown in the illustration on slide one.