I'm building a 33' x 15' family room in the basement. Two of the walls will
be divider walls, therefore built with 2" x 4" studs, etc. The other two
walls will be over existing basement walls. All walls will be covered with
drywall. I plan on installing some electric outlets on all four walls.
Should I use 2" x 4" studs up against the existing basement walls or will 2"
x 2" be okay?
2X4's since you are planning to run electric. Also, try looking at the metal
studs. Easy to work with, cheap, very fast installs and prepunched for
electrical/telco/cable pull (be sure to use grommets)
I would use 2x3 for everything to save some money and get some easier
handling. If you need the divider wall thicker for any reason, feel free
to use 4's or 6's.
Also, make sure to use a pressure treated plate on the bottom instead of a
I wouldn't go too close to the basement walls if possible. Those things
can be mold factories. Also, you may want to run some cable in behind
there at some point.
In damp areas, like basements, they rust. They are an electrical hazard if not
done professionally. In all residential areas they transmit noise more than I
who has visited in a few homes built with metal studs in Southern AZ
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