Can I hand drywall on 2"x2" studs?
I'm refinishing my basement and I'd like to reuse a lot of the existing framework that's already there with paneling on it. The walls against the concrete wall are currently 2"x2" studs, framed at top and bottom and spaced about 1/4" from the wall. The house is 40 years old, so I'm not too worried about settling. Will the 2"x2" studs be rigid enough to hold drywall well without bowing or being a concern for cracking or buckling? I plan to remove the paneling first, but would there be a reason to leave it up as additional support?