- How to Cut Metal Studs With Snips
- Step 1: Cut the Stud to Length
- Step 2: Mount Metal Stud Guide Strip
- Step 3: Install Metal Studs
- Step 4: Cut Openings in Drywall
- Step 5: Finish Hanging Drywall Panels with Metal Studs Installed
- Step 6: Apply Joint Compound Over Screw Heads Before Painting
- Step 7: Tape and Mud Joints Where Needed
- Step 8: Prime and Paint Walls
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We will show you 8 simple steps on how to cut metal studs with snips that will help guide your way through this process.
Cutting metal studs with snips is an easy way to make quick, precise cuts. If you are unfamiliar with the process, it can be a little intimidating at first. However, once you have tried it a few times and know what to expect, cutting metal studs becomes easier than ever!
How to Cut Metal Studs With Snips
Step 1: Cut the Stud to Length
Use a stud finder to locate studs. When cutting metal studs, you want them long enough so that they are flush with your wall when installed in between two drywall panels. Cut the studs using snips following your measurement for length.
Step 2: Mount Metal Stud Guide Strip
There are several ways you can mount metal guide strips onto walls or other surfaces where cut pieces of metal need to be placed back onto after being cut by snip tools.
For example, if there is already existing hardware on wooden boards, use it as a reference point and then drill holes into the same place once again based off what was done previously using screws before prepping for install of new material such as sheetrock.
Step 3: Install Metal Studs
With the help of a friend, hold up one end of the metal stud against the guide strip you installed in step two. Drill holes into place as needed and then use screws to attach it to your wall or other surface permanently. Make sure that when attaching the metal studs, they are level horizontally as well so that there is less potential for warping over time.
Step 4: Cut Openings in Drywall
Now it’s time to cut opennings in your drywall panels where the metal studs were just installed using a saw blade appropriate for cutting through sheetrock material – typically a fine tooth blade works well. If you have already have pre-cut hole templates from a drywall company, use those as a reference for making the cutout.
Step 5: Finish Hanging Drywall Panels with Metal Studs Installed
Once all of your metal studs are installed and you have pre-cut openings in place using step four, it is time to hang your new drywall panels. Use screws or nails to attach them into their respective mounting points on either side of each panel – typically these will be about one inch from where the top edge meets the ceiling.
Step 6: Apply Joint Compound Over Screw Heads Before Painting
Most people don’t think much about what’s going on behind the walls when they paint over freshly finished sheetrock projects but if you want less problems down the road, using joint compound and then sanding it down before painting is always a good idea. This will help to create a smooth surface over the screw heads that hold your drywall panels in place, preventing them from being visible later on.
Step 7: Tape and Mud Joints Where Needed
After you have applied joint compound over all of the screws heads as described in step six, it’s time to move onto taping and mudding the joints where needed. For best results, use a high quality mesh tape for this process – not only does it make things look better but can also help to prevent moisture damage down the road down the line.
Step 8: Prime and Paint Walls
Once everything is taped, mudded, and sanded down as needed, it’s time to prime and paint your walls however you like. Make sure to use a good quality primer before applying any type of top coat – this will help to ensure that the surface is ready for final finish and also helps to prevent stains or other damage from occurring over time.
That’s it! By following these simple steps, you can easily cut metal studs using snips and have them installed in no time so that you can move onto hanging drywall panels and completing the rest of your project. Happy DIY-ing!