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Wood Bracing for Doors, Windows, Cupboards and Shelves

Steel stud construction often requires wood backing for heavy objects like cupboards or sinks and you need to plan ahead to do this right.  This video shows heavy plywood backing, which works for most things.  But the same techniques can be used to insert a 2x6 or even 2x8 on the flat behind the drywall -- which could be useful for floating shelving or other heavy narrow attachments. 

This video shows working on an open stud wall.  To insert blocking into an existing steel stud wall, you will have to cut open a larger section of drywall to get access for the work.  Insert both the steet stud receiving section and the wood at the same time -- you can't slide the wood in later.   Attach a cord to your blocking to avoid dropping it down to the bottom of the inside of the wall while getting it into position and screwed down. 

Doors and windows require even more fancy work to be able to attach the wooden door frame to the steel structure level and square.

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