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deepstuff 02-21-2009 07:04 AM

2x3 vs. 2x4 in Basement?
 
HI,

I'm ready to start framing out the inside of my 8' concrete basement walls. Is ther any reason why I should use 2x4 instead odf 2x3? Would either be easier to work with etc??
I do not need the added strenght of the 2x4's since my walls are 8-foot concrete. Just making a space for wires and added insulation. I will be finishing with batt insulation, vapor barrier and drywall. I will be adding this to the 1.5" styrofoam already on the concrete.

Thanks!

Daryl in Nanoose 02-21-2009 08:49 AM

I have done a few with 2x3, not a big deal but you may find that 2x3's are more than 2x4's. More room for insulation the better and if that extra 1" is not a issue I would go with 2x4.

jdougn 02-22-2009 01:20 PM

Deepstuff, sounds like you have a well planned project. The 2x4s will not split as quickly when driving nails into them. Around here, the 2x4 is cheaper than the 2x3 as Daryl noted above.
hth, Doug


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