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Old 04-27-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hey folks,

I just finished building a non load bearing wall on the second floor in my house to separate a room. I decided not to frame it since there's not much space so I toe-nailed almost all of the 2x4 studs. I put 2 top plates and 1 bottom palte. I thought I cut the studs at the correct length, but I had to hammer some of them into place with a framing hammer.

Should I take the studs down and saw off 1/8"?

Thanks for your help.

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Should I take the studs down and saw off 1/8"?
I don't see why.

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I don't see why.
I was thinking there might be too much force between the attic and the second floor. As you can see, I may be overly cautious.
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You'll be fine. Don't worry about it.
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I was thinking there might be too much force between the attic and the second floor. As you can see, I may be overly cautious.
I don't know how much downward force is exerted on your floor by these overly long studs. These would be concentrated loads spaced 16" OC on your floor.

Possibly I could scrounge up a formula for column loading given how much each stud bows out, assuming they were initially perfectly straight.

Now I'm thinking you should trim them.

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There was a little bowing on some...I believe the highest being about 1/4. I had to press in the horizontal stabilizing pieces. Thanks.
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if its to long fix it...simple
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1/4" is a bit much to force in
Over time if enough force it could cause the floor to bow down or/and ceiling up that 1/4"
especially if every single stud has been forced in
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Or the odds are, if you bought the lumber at a big box store, it will shrink as it dries out over time. A decent friction fit is normally no problem.
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Or the odds are, if you bought the lumber at a big box store, it will shrink as it dries out over time. A decent friction fit is normally no problem.
I thought only the cross section shrunk in area, not the length.
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Trusses?

Wall running perpendicular or with roof ?

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Thanks a bunch for all the responses guys. I just went to the house and took out the nails from the bottom and used a saw to remove about 1/8 of an inch out. It's seems all good now.

Once again, thanks for all your input.
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I found the formula for column buckling/deflection but I couldn't get the same answer as the example problem. Oh, well. . .

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