If you have a job that requires installing joists, but you're not sure exactly how to do it, then you may be interested in the following tips. Installing joists, or wall studs, is necessary to keep a dividing or support wall from ballooning under the weight while dampening noise transmission between rooms. It's a necessary component when it comes to any sort of wall building as it distributes weight evenly and supports the overall construction of the framework. In order to install your own joists you'll need the following tools.
Note: these are supplies for the joist installation only. More will be needed for the process of dry walling.
First you'll want to briefly sketch out your project in order to understand how to space the joists and where to place them. Studs are usually spaced in intervals of 12, 16, or 24 inches. Once your wall is laid out, time to start building. Begin by cutting your runners, which is another name for the studs or lengths of wood that will be running floor to ceiling and framing out the wall. In order to do this you'll need a saw or other blade that cuts metal. Now you'll want to attach the ceiling runner. This is the piece all the vertically running joists will be attached to using drywall screws in order to ensure parallel alignment.
To position your floor runner directly below the ceiling you'll need to use a process called plumbing. This can be done by attaching a string firmly to the top runner and drawing it to the floor in a straight line to check positioning of the floor runner. A plumb bob, which is a weight tied to the string, is helpful in this situation and can mark out where to place the runner exactly by letting it settle into position. If your floor is concrete, make sure to use powder-actuated fasteners to attach the floor runner. Mark stud locations using the plumb starting from the same end.
Now begin to insert your studs. In order to do this, slide them in at a slight angle and then twist to get the correct placement. Make sure studs are oriented to make electrical installation easier down the line. Attach the stud to the ceiling first with a wafer-head screw and then move to the floor runner. Once that's taken care of, cut the tabs to 4 inches and align along the door header for stud bracing. You can position the tabs either up or down according to your aesthetic preference. For further support double the studs back to back, especially in an area where there will be door jambs. If you are attaching anything to the wall, such as cabinets or shelving, attach a c-runner for extra support.
After this you can run pipe insulation through holes you earlier added to the stud to accommodate any necessary wiring or plumbing. Should you desire to attach drywall at this point, you can do so easily with drywall screws in the studs. It's important to arrange the drywall ending at the open area of studs. Install corner beads and use industrial staples to attach. Finish with tape, and enjoy your new wall.