What is the actual dimention of a 2x4 stud?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They are supposed to be 2 x 4 but George Bush ordered them to be made smaller so Halliburton could make more money.

    Just kidding. He gets blamed for everything so why not this.

    The size is 1 1/2 X 3 1/2 X 92 5/8 long. A board is cut from a tree at it's full size. In this case 2 x 4 inches. It is then dried and then planed smooth to it's final size. No body is cheating or cheapening the lumber. It has always been that way. The only time you will see full size lumber is when people built with rough cut wood.

    • Tammi5 years agoReport

      You are young apparently, they didnt make 2x4's this way till the 90"s. That is why they were not called 1-1/2x3-1/2

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  • 4 years ago

    2x4 Studs

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  • 5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Your problem is not a National Code issue, it is local. (I won't go into the whole union/Democrat construction control thing for Chicagoland...) Running on the ceiling is an option of you have room for the conduit radius between the structural ceiling and a lower framed ceiling. I believe EMT is acceptable vs. RMC. You're likely going to have to cut 3' pieces and use a lot of couplings, there are some trade methods that could eliminate a few couplings, but if you are not familiar with these ways it will take more time to learn that to just cut it. Not really any simple way, you can leave some studs out during framing, drill holes for straight pipe in studs adjacent to where the pipe needs to be, then slide the pipe into the studs after install. But I am an electrician, and I would be cutting a bunch of pieces trying to use the joist space and dropping vertical whenever I could. One unfortunate effect of this law is spaces get wired to the minimum requirement, and this encourages the overuse of extension cords.

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  • 4 years ago

    2x4 Dimensions

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  • 1 decade ago

    1 1/2 x 3 1/2. The length will vary anywhere from 6ft to 20ft in even numbers. You can also get 92 5/8 precut studs for 8 ft ceilings, and 104 5/8 precut studs for 9 ft ceilings. This is how the precut studs work,

    92 5/8in + 1 1/2in bottom plate + 3in double top plate = 97 1/8

    97 1/8 - 1/2in drywall ceiling - 5/8in carpet = 96in ceilings

    Source(s): professional home builder
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1.5" X 3.5" X either 92.5" or 96". The smaller length is called a pre-cut stud. Pressure Treated Lumber will most times be 1/8" larger in the lower dimensions due to treating, but will shrink up to 1/4" when dried.

    Mike Lonergan

    TradesProfessional, Inc.

    http://www.tradesprofessional.com

    Source(s): Professional Experience
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  • 1 decade ago

    1 1/2 by 3 1/2

    They used to be 2X4 long time ago, but the lumber was "rough".. Now they plane it to be smooth so it is smaller.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the actual dimensions of a 2X4 are 1 3/8 inches by 3 3/8 inches

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1 1/2 to 1 5/8 x 3 1/2 to 3 5/8 depending on where you get it.

    The size is smaller due to a combination of the widths of saw blades, the way wood is sold in terms of board feet, shrinkage due to drying, and tradition.

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