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Old 02-12-2010, 11:08 PM   #1
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i have a few bowed 2 x4s in an existing wall and the back side of the wall has finished drywall. i also have 1 bowed 2x4 that has a plumbing pipe running through it. the 2x4 bow outward towards teh wall i need to hang drywall. is planing the 2x4 the best method to straigten them out?

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make a cut on the inside of the stud about half way through and use a shim to fill the cut as you pull the stud plumb.
sister a piece beside the cut to maintain the stud's position
cut on the inside of the 'c' shape

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This will work for studs bowed in either direction, in or out.
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That technique will work, but are the studs tough to get out? I assume the drywall on the other side is attached to them? If they aren't too hard to get out you could cut them out and insert a new stud toenailed.
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I would just sister new 2x4s to the existing wall to get a plumb surface.

Otherwise, you risk causing damage to the drywall on the opposite side...cracks, pulled nails/screws, etc.
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Why not simply cut the stud nails, and replace the studs?

Sometimes, that is the most efficient method.
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What he said^^^^^^^
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Got a power planer? You could plumb in a new stub then plane down the old stud flush with the new. Might seem like a lot of work, but you would save the drywall on the other side if that was a concern to pulling it completely out.
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Why not simply cut the stud nails, and replace the studs?

Sometimes, that is the most efficient method.
So when you cut them you risk possibly pushing the screw head out and damaging the drywall. the method shown above is the best way to not risk that.
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I'm with mgarfield on this. Plane it down (power). Will not distrub what is attached to the other side. In fact there are a few drywall companies in my area that come in and plane or shim prior to drywall.

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