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The typical carpenter knows what to do with a 2x4, but show him a pile of steel studs and he's lost. I got my start hanging drywall on large commercial projects, and it wasn't long before I figured out there was no future in lifting 4x12 sheets of 5/8-inch rock. So I started installing steel-stud partition walls. Now I run a company that does light-gauge metal framing. We still do partition walls on commercial jobs, but we also frame houses. There are differences between residential and commercial work, but the methods for cutting and fastening steel framing members are the same. Cutting Studs and joists made of steel are no harder to cut than those made of wood. While