I came across free 1 5/8 metal studs 25ga. Can I frame out my basement using them and attach 5/8 inch lightweight drywall to them. The ceiling height is from 7-9 feet and some of the walls will end up being 35’ long. I just wasn’t certain if the 1 5/8 will hold a single layer of drywall for me.

I would frame a couple of door ways with traditional 2x4s

Thank you !

  • avsforum.com/threads/1-5-8-steel-studs.1980073 "Thank you for contacting ClarkDietrich Engineering Technical Support. Yes, ClarkDietrich’s 1 5/8" 20Ga steel studs would be able to handle a double layer of 5/8" drywall. Although limiting heights are listed with one (l) layer of 5/8”, testing is done with 8 psf which is more than the one (1) layer." (5/8ths is 2.3 psf. The tables in the first link start at 5psf and go up. The problem is you have 25 gauge)
    – Mazura
    Commented May 4, 2022 at 10:40


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