How to Use a Stud Clip for Electrical Wiring

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Having a long and proven history in commercial applications, metal framing studs are becoming increasingly popular for use in residential construction. Stronger, straighter and smother than wood, metal studs are impervious to weather, fire and pests. The downside of using metal studs is the challenge presented when trying to attach electrical cables. The solution is the application of a metal stud clip specifically designed to fasten electrical wiring in place inside the channel of a metal framing stud.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 1/2-inch rubber grommets
  • Stud clips
  • Drill a hole in the metal stud, with the 1/2-inch drill bit, where you want to run the electrical cable. Insert a rubber grommet into the hole.

  • Thread the electrical cable through the grommet and along the inside channel of the stud.

  • Position the stud clip so the ends and middle protuberance of the clip are facing outward, toward you as you face the stud.

  • Insert one end of the stud clip under one of the inside edges in the channel of the stud. If the stud clip has a J-hook on one end, insert the end with the J-hook first.

  • Position the electrical cable in the space under the protuberance in the center of the stud clip. Squeeze the sides of the protuberance on the stud clip with your fingers while pushing in on the loose end of the clip. The loose end of the clip will snap in place under the channel in the metal stud.

  • Squeeze the sides of the protuberance on the stud clip with your fingers. Slide the clip along the inside of the stud channel to make any needed positional adjustments of the clip.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check local codes to determine how far apart to space stud clips.

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References

  • "Wiring 1-2-3"; Steve Corey; 2005
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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