Installation Procedures

TRAKLOC® Drywall Framing Installation Recommendations

TRAKLOC ICC ESR-1464 approval does NOT require the use of screws; however field experience suggests the use of screws in the following:
  1. High volume areas like door openings.
  2. Beginning and end of wall runs, especially with open corners.
  3. Header assemblies, to provide strength.
  4. In projects with multiple trades or tight schedules. Placing screws on one side minimizes the need to place studs back on layout.

The thought process for installing TRAKLOC Drywall Framing does not fundamentally differ from installing conventional stud and track in that you will still have open or closed corners, door and window headers, and king and jack studs (as called for in the plans). What you will not have are returns (mitered cuts) or the material build up caused by these cuts as these are replaced with pre-made cripple studs and header clips. But, as with conventional material, installation starts with the track.

Installing TRAKLOC® Bottom Track or Top Track for a Fixed Stud System

As a rule, TRAKLOC track installs the same as conventional track. This applies to top and bottom track, open and closed corners, with the only exceptions being the splice method for top freestanding track, when the Split Lap would become your splice of choice. However, with TRAKLOC track you will want to be a little more conscience of where the layout marks are as using too many pins may interfere when twisting a TRAKLOC stud into place. The only other suggestion would be that when cutting bottom track, also cut a piece for the door opening as this will become the track used in the door header assembly. Except for these two considerations, installation is the same.

Installing TRAKLOC® Studs

You will be amazed at how easily TRAKLOC studs install, and depending on the thickness and wall height, how easily it can be done from the ground. Vertically position the stud between the track, raise the top end (the end with the Stud Extension) until it seats fully into the top track and twist until it becomes perpendicular to the track. It does not matter whether you twist clockwise or counter-clockwise, but you will want to start your twist with the leading edge right on the layout mark. Once twisted, if your stud is not positioned on the top layout mark, just reach up and tap the stud into position, then pull down on the Main Stud while twisting the stud to be parallel to the bottom track and fully seat it into the lower track. Once seated, release the twist to lock the bottom of the stud into the lower track. If the stud is not on the layout mark, simply tap the stud with your boot in the direction it needs to go and you are done. Installation is now complete.
With TRAKLOC there is no need to measure and cut your stud to length, no need to climb on ladders or bakers scaffolds to screw the top into the track, no stooping to screw the bottom into place, less chance of repetitive motion injury, less chance of shards created by the screw from falling into your eyes, and less scrap to trip over on the job site. Real world experience has shown that you will be able to install substantially more lineal feet of studs while expending less energy than with conventional material.

Installing TRAKLOC® Adjustable Stud to TRAKLOC® Top Track
if Deflection at the Head of Wall is required:

TRAKLOC’s deflection insert provides a full inch of deflection (+/- ½”) while also allowing for 2 inches of stud height variability. As illustrated in the Component section, the deflection insert (TSE w-Deflection) and TRAKLOC’s standard insert (TSE) are the same, except the deflection insert has a 3” x ¾” slot punched into the top of each flange. These slots allow the drywall screw to pass through the board and the TSO, while avoiding contact with the TSE.

Corners – Open & Closed

Field installers report that they find open corners to be the better option, but TRAKLOC accommodates both. It has been observed that closed corners involve more cutting and therefore take more time.


It may appear that the V-Grove extends outside the web, but this is not so. At door header assemblies and other intersections of track and stud there is no material build up. When screws would be used, such as door header assemblies, it is recommended to screw into the V-Groove at a 45° angle so the screw head will be recessed.


One of the most substantial time saving elements of the TRAKLOC Steel Framing system is its treatment of headers. Headers are horizontal spans of track used between door and window openings to provide a horizontal screwing surface, as well as support for items such as duct work.
Instead of using miter cuts, TRAKLOC track should be cut to the size of the opening and attached with TRAKLOC Cripples Studs or TRAKLOC Header Clips. With this technique there are two alternatives:
Using TRAKLOC Header Clips requires less material while using all TRAKLOC Cripple Studs will provide more structure to the opening. Either of which are acceptable, but check your plans for guidance.

Half Walls

Half walls are easily adjusted to the correct elevation and level with TRAKLOC Cripple Studs. It is recommended to place screws in the overlap to maintain a level surface and stabilize the structure.


Soffit Installation

Another use for TRAKLOC Cripple Studs are soffits. Soffits can be made on the ground, without cutting, and then installed. Layout four pieces of track and snap in the Cripple Studs where appropriate. Take one of the two “ladders” you have just created and install in the appropriate place as the vertical member, fastening it to the deck. Laser (or level) the bottom track to assure levelness and place screws in the overlaps to maintain its proper positioning. Take your second “ladder” and fasten it to the bottom of the vertical member and the wall studs.