Stud Spacing @ 24"oc??

Old 12-30-02, 10:54 AM
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Question Stud Spacing @ 24"oc??

I am putting up some non-load bearing walls in my basement. They will be made with 2x4's and the bottom plate is PT. Walls to be drywalled. Can I get away with spacing the studs 24" apart, rather than 16"? I figure this would save approx. 2 studs per 8 foot section, and with a tight budget, that would be helpful.

Any suggestions, please.
Old 12-30-02, 12:49 PM
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It is permissable to do wall framing at 24" O.C. on non-load bearing walls. This is per current code. One concern is the drywall may be subject to some bowing if you are using 1/2". You may not see it now but later is another story.

Think about the future and if you are going to be installing anything down the line that would require the 16" space, it may be better to install them at 16" O.C. I know, the extra cost, but we are not talking about alot of money 3 every 32" versus 3 every 48".

Hope this helps!
Old 12-30-02, 07:24 PM
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I think the 5/8" drywall you will need will cost more than the two studs.

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