Prices rising, wood stud VS metal studs

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  1. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    Hey folks

    I'm about 2 months(and a busy moving day) from starting my HT room in the basement, and with the prices of wood expected to rise some 70% I'm worried the cost for wood studs may get extreme.

    What are the positives and negatives of using both wood and metal studs for construction of a dedicated room.

    I won't be doing a staggered wall, but I will be using insulation.

    I heard of many people using wood, but nobody using metal.

    Thanks

    Brent
     
  2. chris_everett

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    If you use metal, I would recommend that you use Resilient channel. My understanding is that with metal studs you use some sort of channel anyway, so the cost difference should be minimal.

    Wood, for most DIY'ers, is easier to work with, and more readily available. (No metal studs at Lowes)
     
  3. Thomas_A

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    I highly recomend not using metal studs. My orgional part of the house is metal studs and a pain in the ass. My contractor added wood studs next too all the metal studs on the contstruction on old exposed walls. My walls with metal studs are noisier also- even with insulation. Just my experience.
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    I'm going to do some rough prices today at Rona, and Home Depot, I' really worried about the cost of wood jumping quickly, but I have no place to store a bunch of 2 by 4s

    This also gives me the chance to grab a nice compound mitre saw.

    Is there any need to put the plastic wrap on the outside(betweeen the insulation and the drywall) of the insulation?? and should I pick up a hammer stapler??

    Thanks
    Brent
     
  5. Thomas_A

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    Not that its proper or not...but neither builder did any xtra wrapping between the two.
    I picked up a combo compresser/3-gun set at the home depot which came in quite handy. As far as a hammer stapler....that would probably be up to you.
     
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    You should have some sort of vapor barrier on the exterior walls, I assume that's what your talking about. You can get insulation with it built in. I just used a reguler staple gun.
     
  7. brentl

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    I haven' quite firgured whether it will be an exterior wall or not, I may just build it with 2' around it, andht eonly thing touching would be the ceiling.

    Staple gun just seems a lot slower though.

    I'm pretty much set on wood stud, but what's the idea behind 2x4's that are 92(and some change)" tall?? are these actually made for basements?? I could save a lot of cutting if I used these then.

    Brent
     
  8. chris_everett

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    When you say "build with 2' around it do you mean:

    Existing Exterior (of the house) wall
    2' air space
    New Theater wall

    Or something else. That seems like a lot of space to burn.

    The "sandwitch" of an exterior wall should look something like this:

    Exterior siding
    Plywood
    Insulation and studs
    Vapor barrier
    Drywall
     
  9. Tony Amich

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    Brent - as for the wall studs being 92" and some change, this is the typical height of most ceilings in an 8' high room. Once you add the bottom rail, and 2 top rails, you will be at the 96" mark which gives you your 8'. email me with any buolding questions. I just addded a second story to my house and in it will be my first dedicated home theatre.
    [email protected]
     
  10. brentl

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    Sorry Tony

    What I meant was that I plan on having a buffer around the rood, and I'm even contemplating finishing the outside all the way around.

    I may even mount posters on the outside and lights too.

    It will make for a room that doesn't transmit much noise.

    Brent
     

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