removing wall that soffit was attached to
A picture or two would sure help. There are a lot of different ways to frame things, especially something like a soffit that's just holding up the drywall. Often it's built out of what's left lying around. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Personally I don't frame soffits with 2"x2"s, I'll use 2"x4"s and lay them flat. Less chance of warping in my experience....
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