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Old 08-17-2010, 09:41 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm in the middle of building our house (not me, but a builder is building it). I took a walk through and noticed a couple of studs that have knots and are missing some wood on the edge of the stud, so it's not a complete 2x4. I didn't have my camera with me yesterday and it's kind of hard to describe.

I read on here that when they design a house, they take into account defects in the studs and it should not hurt anything structurally. I find this a little hard to believe, but I'm not an expert. That's why I'm here.

At what point should a stud be rejected? When half of it (so it's ~2x2) is gone in a length of about 6"? Am I just being paranoid?

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Hi,

I'm in the middle of building our house (not me, but a builder is building it). I took a walk through and noticed a couple of studs that have knots and are missing some wood on the edge of the stud, so it's not a complete 2x4. I didn't have my camera with me yesterday and it's kind of hard to describe.

I read on here that when they design a house, they take into account defects in the studs and it should not hurt anything structurally. I find this a little hard to believe, but I'm not an expert. That's why I'm here.

At what point should a stud be rejected? When half of it (so it's ~2x2) is gone in a length of about 6"? Am I just being paranoid?

Thanks in advanced...
If it is one here and there, I really doubt it will make a difference in the structure. If it was my house and the walls were still open, if it bothered me, I would ask for them to be replaced. Should only take a few minutes each to replace them if the walls are open and no utilities are run in the walls yet.

I like using select grade studs, it may not be practice on all jobs though due to cost. They are generally very nice quality, very clean and very true.

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In most cases, a 2x4 is little more than something to hang wall finishing material on. Go look at the amount of the material cut out of plumbing walls where the waste pipes run through.

I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
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Thanks. You are correct in comparing it to the plumbing and conduits. It's just something you see and say "huh, that doesn't look good". But again, I'm not a builder, I'm just a regular person looking at some wood.

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What does the grade stamp (printing) on the stud read? http://books.google.com/books?id=jQr...uction&f=false

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