THALAS STUD/TRACK Drywall Framing System is the innovative steel drywall stud that sets a new industry benchmark for high performance. Its patent pending design combines high-strength steel with additional stiffening enhancements for a drywall framing stud previously unimagined.
What’s more, THALAS STUD/TRACK Drywall Framing is backed by comprehensive laboratory testing for strength, fire and sound. No other drywall framing system has been as thoroughly tested as them. So not only is it a dream to work with, but it also has the performance to meet the requirements of today’s building codes. THALAS STUD/TRACK is available nationwide.
<1> High strength steel combined with low-profile flange stiffening grooves and double offset web planking increases strength and provides greater limiting heights
<2> Diamond embossed web creates stiffness, reducing flange fade and screw spinout during drywall installation
<3> Strong, lightweight stud and track cuts and handles easier than conventional flat steel studs
<4> Flange grooves provide sight line for drywall alignment and aid in positioning screws at drywall joint to maintain the 3/8″ edge requirement
<5> Web and leg enhancements in THALAS-TRACK provide straight and rigid members, making it the best choice for framing walls, headers, soffits, and bulkheads
<1> Designed to meet the additional strength requirements of today’s building codes:
<2> IBC 2003, 2006 & 2009, AISI NASPEC (S100), ICC-ES AC86 (2010)
<3> UL Classified with listing in over 50 designs, including V450, U419, V438, and chase wall assemblies
<4> Exceptional sound performance in over 50 tested sound assemblies
<5> Independent Product Certification: IAPMO #0171, #0189
<6> Can contribute up to 7 LEED® Credits under LEED for New <7> Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC Ver. 2.2 and 3.0)
<7> National availability
Step 1: Clear the area where the metal track will be fastened to the floor, ceiling, and walls. Metal track needs to be fastened directly to the subfloor, wall studs, and ceiling joists for maximum stability. Measure and mark the location of both sides of the metal framed wall on the floor, ceiling, and wall. Move to the other side of the room and repeat the process.
Step 2: Snap a chalk line between the inside wall marks on the ceiling. Snap another chalk line between the outside ceiling wall marks. Perform the same process for the marks on the floor and walls. Remove the flooring from between the chalk lines to expose the subflooring. Cut the drywall from between the ceiling chalk lines with the keyhole saw. Cut the drywall from the existing walls with the keyhole saw. Remove all drywall screws that remain in the area of the metal track.
Step 3: Mark both sides of the door rough opening on the exposed subfloor. Measure the length from each existing wall to the corresponding side of the door rough opening. Write the measurement on the floor where each piece of track will be installed. Measure the distance between the two existing walls to determine the total length of track needed for the top of the wall.
Step 4: Cut the track lengths you need with the aviation snips. If the ceiling track is longer then a full length of track, cut a piece of track that spans the distance from the end of the full length track to the existing wall. Mark the track with 16-inch stud centers, 8 eight inches off center. For ceilings over 9 feet tall, 12-inch stud centers will be required.
Step 5: Align the track on the floor. Fasten the track to the subfloor with the drill and the 2 1/2-inch wood screws. Repeat the process for the ceiling mounted track. Measure between the track at different points to determine the length of the steel studs.
Step 6: Cut the steel studs to length with the aviation snips. Place the studs in the track.
Step 7: Place a steel stud on a center mark of the bottom track, starting at the door rough opening. Use the C-clamp to hold the stud in place. Screw through the track and into the stud using the drill, Phillips screw tip, and a No. 7 screw. Repeat the process for each stud.
Step 8: Plumb each stud using the level. If your top marks are off, set the stud plumb. Clamp the stud to the track. Secure the stud with a No. 7 screw. Repeat the process until all studs are secure. Secure the other side of each stud to the track in the same manner. Use the metal track to frame holes and the span over the door rough opening.