Q. I used 25-gauge steel studs to frame the partition walls in an upstairs renovation. Now my client wants to install a wall-mounted lavatory in the bathroom. What's the best way to reinforce and block the wall so I can hang the sink?
A. Don Wheeler, a custom builder in Anaheim, Calif., who frames primarily with steel, responds: Though lighter 25-gauge steel studs are plenty strong for framing interior walls, I usually use 20-gauge steel studs. These feel a little more substantial and tend to suffer less abuse around the job site. The following method of reinforcement will...
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