paneling over studs

Old 10-22-03, 04:57 PM
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paneling over studs

I am finishing the basement and bought some 4x8 paneling to put over existing 2x6s. None of the paneling, however, will be against exterior walls, as I am just going to paint those. My impression is I need to first put up some plywood so that the paneling won't bow. Is this necessary? If so, how thick need the plywood be? Thanks!
Old 10-22-03, 08:33 PM
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Whats the spacing between your 2x6 studs? if its 16"o.c you should be fine, you could always nail up a sheet and then if you feel its too flimsy then you could add some blocking between the studs to stiffen up the panelling.
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I'd put up drywall under the paneling. It's much cheaper than plywood, it is much easier to cut, and it provides great fire resistance.
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To emphasis what John mentioned, placing paneling within a basement without a backer is against the fire code in most municipalities.

This is if the paneling is less than 1/4" thick, of which the paneling must then be applied over sheetrock.

In addition, drywall is allot less to buy and easy to install.

Just a consideration.

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