What is the US Building Code rule on building a new home with rough sawn lumber?

We want to use lumber cut and sawn from our land to build a new home. It has been drying for two years.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I would think you could use any kind of lumber you want. Generally, the studs are placed 16" apart....I don't reckon the government tells us what brand or which store to buy our lumber from. I live in Tennessee and my home is constructed with saw-mill wood, rough cut if you prefer. I would recommend, though, whether store bought, or rough cut, you use the same kind through-out, for the measurements of the rough-cut is just a bit different.

    Source(s): personal experience
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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    rough sawn lumber should be used green, unless it is pine or fir. ask around at church, or hit up some carpenters in your area to find an old timer who has actually built something out of rough sawn lumber. there are a few different ways to tie the studs togather to keep the individual studs from warping as you build walls.


  • 1 decade ago

    Certain Building codes prohibit the use of rough cut lumber in structural building. Check out the codes for your area. Where ever you get a permit to build should be able to help you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depends on where you live? You might want to check with the environmental agencies for trees, termite existing. The building code would reveal the size for beams, posts, studs, structural support...etc. They may emphasize to termite treat the lumber before installation, just buy the termite treatment solution (looks green) and brush all cuts. In Hawaii its mandatory, lots of termites, and the building code is termite treatment lumber (only) may be used in Hawaii.

    Source(s): 38 years Kamaiana
  • 1 decade ago

    It would be state, county and citycodes and as far as I know there in nothing that states whether it has to be planed or rough.

    It has to be the right species and grade for its specific purpose though.

  • 1 decade ago

    if it hasn't been kiln dryed i wouldn't use it for anything else but bracing. its gonna shrink and twist. If it hasn't been treated with a fungicide and hasn't been treated for termites you mite also run into problems getting your rough framing ok'ed.

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