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Old 01-16-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Why 16" centers


Why do we use 16" as centers, not 15" or 18"?

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Old 01-16-2008, 08:00 PM   #2
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I have no idea, but I"m guessing that it has to do with drywall and plywood and stuff being multiples of 48". 16" + 16" + 16" = 48"

Hopefully I'm not a moron, but that's my thinking. lol

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Old 01-16-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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If you plan to install heavy shelves or large screeen TV on a certain wall, why not use 12" centers? Or, even 8" centers (1/2 of 16") and cut the fiberglass insulation sheets in 1/2. For stronger wall supports, going less then code is better...
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Ayuh,......

If you were putting Live Elephants on that Shelf,.... Why not go with Inch,+ 1/2 Centers,......
Solid Wood..........

I've never seen a Wall with 16" centered wood that won't hold the Largest Shelf or TV.......
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16" is fine for larger self/tv but if you want to make it easy on yourself and a row of 2x12 blocking for the brackets from the tv to screw into
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I have no idea, but I"m guessing that it has to do with drywall and plywood and stuff being multiples of 48". 16" + 16" + 16" = 48"

Hopefully I'm not a moron, but that's my thinking. lol
The use of 16" centers far pre-dates the use of most modern building materials except maybe wood lath(48"). I would think it has to do with the structural aspect of the spacing and the eventual need to standardize building materials for limiting waste.
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Why 16" centers


16" centers are used because that's where the word "stud" is marked on most tape measures.
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If you plan to install heavy shelves or large screeen TV on a certain wall, why not use 12" centers? Or, even 8" centers (1/2 of 16") and cut the fiberglass insulation sheets in 1/2. For stronger wall supports, going less then code is better...
On my one basement wall, I used 12" centers 2x3 studs, then installed shelves on it. With this "better then minimum code", I sleep much better at night. Works for me...

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On my one basement wall, I used 12" centers 2x3 studs, then installed shelves on it. With this "better then minimum code", I sleep much better at night. Works for me...

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