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Demolition Refurbishment Information Data Sheets

M3 Metal Stud Wall

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Metal stud walls are made from strong lightweight uprights made from coated steel that is moulded into a range of profiles. These are base coated and galvanised to resist corrosion. Floor and ceiling profiles to interconnect the uprights are made in the same way. They are all malleable to suit most architectural designs.

Waste Streams     


The demolition industry is committed to ensuring that the most efficient and environmentally friendly waste stream is chosen for your demolition arisings. Please hover the disposal routes to view the waste options available for this material.

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Reclaim & Reuse

There are limited opportunities to reclaim and reuse metal stud walls at this time.

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Metal stud walls can be readily recycled as there is a very strong market for these materials to be used as a feedstock for new products, not necessarily for construction.

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Metal stud walls are not suitable for recovery.

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The landfilling of metal stud walls should not be considered. Small items will often be recovered at a materials recovery facility.

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Usage & Probable Locations

Metal stud walls and associated board finishes are used for internal walls and inner cavity walls of commercial, industrial and retail buildings. They are used to line the inside of buildings and to separate floor space into rooms, corridors and shafts. Metal stud walls are commonly lined with plasterboard or other board finish and filled with insulation for thermal, acoustic and fire protection.

Personal Protective Equipment

PPE requirements indicated are for guidance purposes only. DRIDS has identified the PPE that is mandatory on all demolition projects and ones that may be required subject to site specific Risk Assessment & Method Statement (RAMS). Hover over the icon to determine the types of PPE required for the removal of this material.

Removal, Segregation & Storage

Metal stud walls destined for recycling should be segregated into metal recycling skips. There is little need to store metal stud walls inside a building or under cover as they are robust against inclement weather. Small pieces of metal stud walls destined for the material recovery facility should be placed in the mixed waste skip.


Hammer, crowbar, jemmy bar, hacksaw, screwdriver, maul grips, spanners, chisel, bolt croppers, abrasive cutting tools, electric hand tools, elevation equipment.

Fixtures, Fittings & Connections

Metal stud walls are usually fixed in place with nails, rivets, nuts and bolts and power driven screws. Rivets may be used to partially fix floor and ceiling profiles. Metal stud walls and boards around window and door frames will be fixed in place with screws, nails and rivets. Electric services and cables will be run in the cavity of the stud wall and electric sockets and switch plates fixed to metal noggins between uprights. Insulation of various forms will sit within the stud wall cavity, sandwiched in place between the face boards which will commonly be plasterboard.

Health & Safety

Subject to task-specific Risk Assessment & Method Statement (RAMS). Use correct protective equipment for removing screws, nails, bolts and rivets. Wear gloves when handling metal stud walls with sharp edges or coated in paint to prevent irritation, cuts and metal splinters. Wear eye protection when using abrasive cutting tools and electric hand tools. Use suitable elevation equipment where needed. Wear face mask to prevent dust inhalation. Only use abrasive cutting tools if properly trained.

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