Working With Steel Wall Framing
Does anyone have experience with steel or galvanized wall framing material? I've been working in the basement and have finally removed the old shower.
Here's a picture of it from before:
I planned to remove the shower enclosure and turn that area into a laundry. Removing the walls was pretty straight forward. The bricks were mortared together and a few hits with a hammer loosened them up enough to remove. Around the water pipes was a bit tricky, to avoid putting a hole in the pipes.
The big wrench in the removal was the lower section. It appeared to be pour concrete and was. In fact the person who made it had put chain link fence scrap into it as stiffener.
I rented a hammer drill and spent a weekend chipping it up.
This let me move around the washer and dryer:
and to add a small shop sink. Next up will be getting a plumber in and remove the shower pipes and move the incoming water pipes over to the new area.
What I'd like to do is frame in that wall, around to the left and then create a small kitchen nook, with an L counter top and cabinets to the right of the window. I want to add insulation to the basement, especially on that side, since about 4' of the basement wall is exposed. The past deep cold really showed how chilly the basement can be.
Looking at my options, I decided since its in the basement, wood frames would be subject to rot if they get wet. Right now the basement has one small leak, which is on the list to patch, as well as several visible cracks in the walls. I can't rule out additional leaks in the future so I've decided to go with steel framing members.
I've been watching quite a few youtube videos, and gotten some hints on how to proceed. I wondered if anyone here had used them before and any observations.