Working with Metal Studs


Metal studs save money and are easy to install. Metal studs have precut holes designed to accommodate electrical and plumbing lines. When running NM cable through metal framing, inspect the holes to be sure there are no rough or sharp edges that could damage insulation. Always use the special bushings designed to protect wiring.


About 3 hours to run cable and attach to seven or eight wall or ceiling boxes

Screwdriver, tin snips, strippers, variable-speed drill, lineman's pliers, nonconducting ladder

Installing metal framing, stripping cable sheathing and wire insulation, attaching bushings

Assemble metal framing

Bushings, cable, boxes for metal studs

Step 1

Cut metal studs and channels with tin snips. Slide the studs into channels at the bottom and top of the wall. Drive a self-piercing screw into each joint.

Step 2

Where the cable runs through a stud, snap a protective bushing into place. These come in two pieces that press together.

Step 3

Run the cable through the protective bushings. Pull the cable the same way you would pull it through holes in wood framing members.

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