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Old 04-14-2019, 05:21 PM   #1
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different length 2x8's


Hello all, was squaring off my deck framing. and it wasn't squaring off quite right until I decided to measure the 2x8's that I had purchased at Lowe's. bought two batches at different days. there's at least a 1/2" difference between the planks. I noticed that on the one's that looked damper, that they were 1/2" longer. Is this normal? Do I just cut the longer one's to use, or wait till they dry? thanks
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It is common for regular lumber to vary in length.
Should check your ends for squareness, splits and length before installing.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:21 AM   #3
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If you wait for them to dry they might twist. I'd cut and nail them up in a timely manner. When I built our deck I made multiple trips to the big box, twice I picked up the same nice looking [straight, no knots] 2x6 to only realize it was almost a foot shorter than the rest. I assume it was a return.
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Lumber is rough cut at something just over the 2 foot mark, every saw mill nay may have a different measurement. Lumber is pulled up the table on chains with a tab for each board . if one chain is tighter than the rest. non will be square.
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The only lumber I know of that is cut to the precise length are precut studs.
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The only lumber I know of that is cut to the precise length are precut studs.
...and STILL you better check them!
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Overall, if you buy Pt lumber, you will have issues with anything other than two bye four bye eight. That said, mostly ONE end will be square. Just measure from there and cut to length. Worked on deck yesterday, two bye tens and eights, lumber was plus or minus a quarter of an inch in width, never less than advertised length, but up to an inch over. No worries as long as you understand what you will be getting. Ron
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