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Old 08-13-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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I have roughly 60 or so 14" to 16" pieces of 2x4's. They were left over from a job I am doing in my basement. Can I use these pcs as top and bottom plates for walls? I was thinking that I could line them up, drill them into the floor/ceiling and then cut studs to size. I then thought about the integrity of a wall created that way and did not think that it would be stable.

If I cant use them for what I mentioned above then should I just throw them out? I would hate to waste so much wood.

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You can use them for fire blocking, general blocking, cripples, firewood (if untreated), or for wood working projects.

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you could always send them to me!
i'll find a good use for them!

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You can use them for fire blocking, general blocking, cripples, firewood (if untreated), or for wood working projects.

Thats right! I completely forget about that. I was going to cut sheet rock pieces for the fire stops, like the building inspector told me I could do, but I can use the 2x4 pieces instead.

You just solved my dilema.

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I save scrap wood for fireblocking
Smaller pieces are burned in the fireplace
I don't have a ton of scrap
Since I'm finishing up my project I'll be burning off a lot this winter

Don't burn PT - very bad
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Two of my often goto items:

1) scrap wood pile of project left-overs
2) screw and bolt bucket of project left-overs

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I'd use the wood scraps to make fertility gods.
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I also keep a few by my hot tub to scare off raccoons, possums & skunks (very carefully)
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Fire blocking is enough for now. I'll take some of the suggestions and use them during another project. lol
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I guess you make them into shims or wedges. . .

Just don't collect so much stuff that you hate to waste so that you become like these guys
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collyer_brothers
I have a customer like that and I know two or three more families like that.
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There are some good places to put some shorts like that. In the corners at the bottom for the base trim to attach to-if you don't put in a little block the top nail does not have a good place to sink, unless you go for an extreme angle. Same with crown-it is good to have some backing for the nails. Also, backing for things like paper towel holders, toilet paper holders, places for handrails to attach.

And fire blocking : )

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