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Old 09-23-2012, 08:15 PM   #16
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hey jon, its not a cabinet or any sort, just a simple wall going there. im guessing that they put that piece of 2x4 in between then two studs to keep them apart so they dont bow inwards towards eachother?

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Ah, that makes sense to me. I guess the kerf cuts would allow the studs to bow inward.

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Old 09-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #18
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well thats the thing that gets me, some of them have a small piece of 2x4 to reinforce them, and some dont at all.

whats the point of the nail in the cut, is that to hold the piece of wood from bending inwards towards the cut? if you apply a load wont the nail kinda bang itself in and the wood will bend inwards?
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usually the cut is smaller and the nail holds it together.
Those do look like they were made with a chainsaw, not a circular saw.
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so i guess we have all come to the conclusion that this is a kerf cut and its for bowed pieces of wood to help straighten them out?

im going tomorrow and i will have a closer look and maybe get some more pics.
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Since these do not appear to be load bearing walls I imagine the framer used his super duper scientific framing calculator to determine that any impending load would not have the required force to cause a measurable deflection above the threshold of the HOGLED.

Your HOGLED is calibrated isn't it? What, you don't have a HOGLED?












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Don't know why they used a chainsaw... I use a Skillsaw, cuts 2" deep and slip a wood wedge (if needs to draw out, or no wedge if pushes in) with glue to bring it in-plane with the rest; then nail it. What they did could work loose with the expansion/contraction of the studs, especially in the bathroom (extra moisture), pp.51; http://books.google.com/books?id=iwS...rafter&f=false

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it could have been really bad material selection by the framers.

when i frame i sight every stud. all dead straight studs are used for making corners. straight or near straight studs are for rough openings. mild crowns are used for field studs . studs that are badly crowned are set aside and kept for cutting into short pieces for cripples and non bearing wall headers
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Yep when I was the labourer I was taught how to sight studs. Marked with an S for straight, Put an X on the crown side if it was 1/4" crown it got a XX more then that and it got cut for blocking or returned. We used to order a lift and return any we did not use.
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hey everyone, im having a home built and right now its at the stage of insulation and then drywall. I was walking around in it today and upstairs in every room i noticed that some of the 2x4's have had this slot cut into them and its pretty deep. Its marked with pencil so it doesnt look like its an accident, and then a nail is put in usually. Just wondering what this is for and why the builders do it? here are some pics

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The reason y they do that is to straighten up the studs. The only problem I see with that is that they did not nail a secondary piece to it to hold both the top and the bottom portion together. (it would be a piece I of 2x4 about 2ft)

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