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Old 08-25-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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Metal studs?

Hello all. I'm new here and may be asking a silly question but has anyone done framing with metal studs? Looks like the cost is about the same/less at local box stores and the weight vs strength is way better with the metal. Trying to plan as much as I can before I get in to far. Thoughts? What does anyone know about these? Am I an idiot?
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Old 08-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #2
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You need to go read as many threads in the build section as you can.

All the info is there. Many have used steel studs. This has been covered over and over again.

Please search before starting new threads and cluttering up this site with topics already covered.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=steel...OcbKogSax5mICw

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/262756959483892947/

This is a ongoing issue on this site.

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Not an idiot; it's a reasonable question. Of course the answer is "yes, someone has done it." What you probably wanted to know is how they did it, how it turned out, would they do it again, etc. Probably those answers can be found there: https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?...&hsimp=yhs-001 As you may have found, the skoolie.net search isn't so great. Use an external search engine instead. The external search can even be focused to just the Skoolie Conversion Projects section of the forum by finding the URI for that section and plugging it into the search query's "site:" term, like this: https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?...+stud&ei=UTF-8
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Hello all. I'm new here and may be asking a silly question but has anyone done framing with metal studs? Looks like the cost is about the same/less at local box stores and the weight vs strength is way better with the metal. Trying to plan as much as I can before I get in to far. Thoughts? What does anyone know about these? Am I an idiot?
You're not an idiot- and not everyone minds questions.
In my opinon- metal > wood.
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Maybe it is time for a metal stud sticky?
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Maybe it is time for a metal stud sticky?
That search took me 15 seconds.

It's time for lots of sticky's.

However, I don't have the ability to post things as a sticky. I can make threads, but not make them a sticky.

The real solution is new members learning how to search, VS starting a bunch of new threads asking the same questions that were just asked a few days, or weeks ago.

Even if there was a metal stud sticky, people would still come here and expect to be spoon fed.

A sticky teaching people to search would be the most valuable.

If you were to ask a question like this on pirate 4x4, you would get ripped apart. They hate spoon feeding over there.

I think all new members should be restricted to one new thread per 30 days. That would force people to learn to search and read.

After all, anything you can think of has been covered already in the build thread section.

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You would think so but not all systems are oracled in the way you would expect and if you don't stack the search criteria you won't get the results you are looking for. With out knowing what to search it is impossible to find what are seeking. Also the VBullitin search function is just garbage and you are better using google and adding site:http://www.skoolie.net/ to the search bar.
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That search took me 15 seconds.




If you were to ask a question like this on pirate 4x4, you would get ripped apart. They hate spoon feeding over there.



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Largest group of a--hats that I have ever seen. I truly hope that this site is Nothing like Pirate 4x4 or I'll just find me another one to visit.
LOL same thing I said in the past... almost exactly the same.
I for one, am GLAD this isn't "pirate 4x4"...
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I've found that steel studs (like the kinds you would use in a commercial building or other fixed structure) are not optimal for a vehicle like a bus. They take up too much space given their size and application.

It would be more apt to think of metal studs as formed sheet metal channels (since that's what they are) and are structurally strong in specific ways that force you to construct your interior parts on a bus in a specific way that isn't always optimal.

The 2x4 (and smaller) wood construction that you see in skoolies is more versatile to constructing the shapes and parts that need to fit than the steel studs simply because they can be combined and used in nearly any orientation.

After evaluating steel stud, 2x4, plywood, and other media, I personally settled on 1"x1"x0.065" thick cold roll square tubing. With a welder I can quickly assemble small frame pieces and attach mounting flanges cut from 1/8" flat bar stock.

I can also use nut-serts in the square tubing, which let me build large assemblies that can be deconstructed and reassembled for installation, maintenance, and plain changing my mind about something.

Per linear foot, 1" square steel tubing has a much higher modulus of elasticity, lower weight, and takes up less space than both wood or sheet steel box (steel stud) construction.

To go even further in optimization, a panel formed from fiberglass or sheetmetal would probably be stronger in-situ, but the specialized construction techniques, and planning requirements for building those components is far more effort than bolting or welding together some square tubing.
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