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Old 02-28-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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I have a friend buying a new home (new construction). We were doing a walk through (pre-drywall) and noticed a few of the studs had vertical fractures. The builder said this should not be a problem because these are not load bearing walls. My thoughts were if it were my home I wouldn't want to see any cracks in the framing.

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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If the wall is not load bearing, I won't worry about it.
If it's a new house, there should be a new home guarantee. And the worst that can happen is that the stud will twist or bow.

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I have a friend buying a new home (new construction). We were doing a walk through (pre-drywall) and noticed a few of the studs had vertical fractures. The builder said this should not be a problem because these are not load bearing walls. My thoughts were if it were my home I wouldn't want to see any cracks in the framing.

We would appreciate any feedback from any of you knowledable members of DYI. Thank you in advance.
It depends on the severity of these defects. Are they small checks or splits that run down the stud?
What grade studs were being used? Were they "green" studs. These have a high moisture content and unless braced will distort over time. When they do, they will cause issues with the drywall. There's also air dried lumber and kiln dried lumber. Kiln dried has the least moisture and I use these when I frame walls.
If you can, take a photo or 2.
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