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Old 03-03-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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Basement Steel studs gauge/width?

My local home center sells 3 5/8" in 20 or 25 gauge, 2 1/2", and 1 5/8" in only 25 gauge.

I'm talking about saving inches in the room (which may not be worth it, I know) BUT is there a preferred width in the steel studs?

True a 2x4 is 3 1/2" wide, but if I can save space, why not?

Does the gauge matter for non-load bearing walls ?
I only have a choice between 20g and 25g in the 3 5/8" widths,
stuck with 25g in the smaller widths.
Is one easier to work with...cutting, screwing, etc.?

Also, I have heard only to use 5/8" drywall....will 1/2" work or be too flimsy?
Is there a preference if it is a perimeter wall (i.e. drywall on one side only)


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i would do full size for walling one side light gauge should be fine for non-loaded wall and i dont see why 1/2" would'nt work. use coarse thred screws
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:27 PM   #3
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A wrinkled tin stud is a flimsy wall, so you definitely need the 5/8" drywall to stiffen it a bit. Dry wall on one side is definitely not as good as two sides, since the studs can twist/distort without something on the other side for stability.

Make sure you have the proper wood or other backup/reinforcement around openings for trim and doorsand wherever you want to hang anything more than an 8x10 photo.

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