I noticed that Home Depot is stocking 2x3 studs these days. I have used
them for a small garden shed and they are much easier/lighter to handle and
still give the strength for most places. I'm just wondering why these
haven't been produced longer? The price is about 25-35% less than 2x4's.
Major utility has been in furring out basement walls for insulation, with
some non-load-bearing use--just pulled down the plaster in the bathroom on
a late '60s house and found that the studs on the non-load-bearing wall
were 2x3 while the ones on the adjacent load-bearing wall were 2x4.
2x3's have been around a long time.... they don't have the structural
strength of a 2x4, and require 12" c/c spacing when used in bearing
wall partitions.... that means 25% more studs than if you used 2x4s
(plus the additional labor cost of setting 25% more studs!), so much
for cost savings! In my area, for the past 25-years or more, it has
been typical to use 2x6 studs for exterior walls because of the
additional insulation space available.
Heh ... yeah, go figure. A 2x3 (1.5x2.5) is 28% less than a 2x4
(1.5x3.5). The pre-cut rough dimension is 25% less.
Knowing Home Depot, it wouldn't have surprised me though to see the 2x3s
only 10% less!
Tim W wrote:
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