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Stud - House Framing Lumber

A stud is a term carpenters and construction workers use to refer to the individual vertical structural supports in a wall. The picture below shows two black arrows pointing to one stud. You can purchase precut studs in 92 1/4 inch lengths. This will give you an 8'1" tall wall.

Pre-Cutting Your Own Studs

About 20 years ago my father was the framing contractor on a large job that required 10 foot high walls. It took two men about two months to cut all of the studs for this one particular job.

They made the mistake of using a couple of apprentice carpenters to cut a large majority of the studs, before they realized, there was a problem. Some of these wall framing members weren't the same lengths and it was creating problems for the framing carpenter's.

They had probably cut over 1500 studs, before they realized there was a problem. The moral to the story is simple, if you have to cut all of your studs, because you can't purchase precut studs, make sure that you cut all of them, every single one of them, the exact same size.

I can't tell you how many times I've ran into a problem, because one of the carpenters built a wall with studs that they had cut themselves.


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