What is the way metal stud should be installed? Is there a reason they should be, a same way, as in upside down? And precut - holes line up.

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    They typically only go one way. Or rather, there is no "up" vs. "down", and as far as like "C" or a "backwards "C" - well whichever way you do it you should be consistent within a given wall. But it won't make a difference structurally (Northern hemisphere this way, australia the reverse? No.) and even if you are not consistent within a wall, it won't matter once the dryall is up. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact May 31 '19 at 22:15
  • As far as structural,can see that. But when you run wire or water lines. I walk away and shack my head, Looks like a home owner pulled MC To the point i put in my own holes.And how many holes can you put in a 10 foot stud not carrying a load And a wall that does .You can not hack them up. – user101687 May 31 '19 at 22:31
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    push the end of the metal stud against soft ground, then look at the imprint left behind – jsotola Jun 1 '19 at 0:12
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    is this what you have? .... pacwalls.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/1749/2018/10/t-bar.png – jsotola Jun 1 '19 at 0:55
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    i think that the crossbars are not firmly attached .... they are wider than the slot and have notches to allow them to drop into the slot .... the crossbars probably become useless if the stud is upside down – jsotola Jun 1 '19 at 1:07

Yes, it matters how the studs are placed. All should be facing the same C pattern. And the larger hole points up, so that if doing taller walls the metal stiffeners do not fall out.

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