Most houses have got studs in their walls. A stud wall comprises of metallic or wooden studs which are fixed on the ceiling, walls or floor and covered using plasterboard. Once you complete building your wall, it is painted just like any ordinary wall to conceal the studs which are installed in a vertical array and supported by horizontal plates and noggins.
Building a stud is very easy. You will need a hammer, drill, tape measure, marker, saw and a set square for the task. Before you begin working on the project, it will be a remarkable thing to consult the authorities to avoid violating any ventilation and circuiting rules since stud walls are considered to lack soundproofing qualities that are common in solid walls.
The step by step procedure of creating a stud wall is as follows:
- Fix the base and top plates. Use a marker and tape measure to plot out the place where the studs should be located. Determine the length of the wall and cut a piece of timber of equal length then nail the timber on the floor, bearing in mind that there may be some cables and wires underneath. Put the top plate directly above the bottom plate and nail it on the ceiling. Cut it a little longer so that the plate fits perfectly on the wall plates and studs.
- Place the studs between the top and bottom plates. Use factors such as the presence of corners, wall length and presence of openings to determine the exact location of the studs. Measure intervals from the centre of each stud. Place the studs in place by connecting them on the bottom and top plates. Note that each stud may vary in height and should be nailed separately.
- Install the noggins. These are horizontal braces that hold the studs in place. It is important to measure the noggins accurately because a wrong size may result in unproportional openings. The height of the wall will determine the number of rows that the noggins will fill.
- Paint the Walls.
Once you are done installing the studs, fill up any holes on the wall using plaster. Once it dries up, smoothen the surface and paint it to conceal the studs. You can start by an undercoat type of paint before covering it completely using top coat paint.
With these few steps your studs will be fully installed. You can use the thickness of the plasterboard to set accurate intervals between the studs. If the board is 9.5mm thick, the studs should be placed at most 400mm apart and if the board is 12.5mm thick then the studs can be placed as far as 600m apart.