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by • November 17, 2010 • Framing & DecksComments (5)1966

Super Flat Walls Using Recycled LSL Studs

  Have you ever visited a house and noticed wavy walls?  It’s especially apparent when raking light comes in from a high window and it’s usually due to 2×4 studs that have twisted or warped.  Studs are a natural product and they do tend to move either prior to installation and even sometimes post installation.  The frame carpenters will cull the bad ones from the batch but sometimes they get installed by accident.
  I’m a big fan of this relatively new product from the good folks at Weyerhaueser.  It’s an iLevel LSL Stud and they come to the job site perfectly straight and flat (and they stay that way).  We’re using them on a Barley & Pfeiffer Architects new home we’re building.  They’re being used in the kitchen, baths, and home office areas.  Those are areas of the house that typically have cabinets & countertops adjoining walls and small waves can be very apparent.  He’s my video from the job site.  -Matt Risinger

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  • Hi Matt,

    We’re going to build a new house near Boerne (electric and/or propane only area). Definitely want spray foam in the attic and probably for the walls too. What are the pros and cons of 2×4 vs. 2×6 exterior studs, i.e why are you using 2×6 for this house? BTW, I really like your blog. Thanks.

  • @jwcates3 Great question on 2×4 vs 2×6. I think that should be a separate post but here’s my quick thoughts. I really like 2×6’s because you have more room in the stud bay for plumbing/electric compared to 2×4’s. This allows for much more insulation behind electrical boxes, plumbing, dryer boxes, etc. It gives more flexibility for deeper insulation, and I also visually like the deeper recess jambs for windows. The increase in cost is probably between 10 and 15 cents more per square foot of house.

  • Thanks, Matt. Do you put the 2×6 studs on 16″ or 24″ centers? Also, are you able to get by with a single top plate instead of a double top plate? Finally, do 2x6come precut to 8′ or must they be cut on site? Finally, are most framing crews experienced with framing with 2x6s or does that require some training? Thanks again.

  • Thanks, Matt. I think a post on framing would be great. For instance, do you put the 2×6 studs on 16″ or 24″ centers? Also, are you able to get by with a single top plate instead of a double top plate? Finally, do 2×6 come precut to 8′ or must they be cut on site? Finally, are most framing crews experienced with framing with 2x6s or does that require some training? Thanks again.

  • @jwcates3: Lots of good questions again! If you can do 24″ centers that’s fantastic but 16″ is not bad especially if you can do exterior rigid foam insulation. Double top plates are almost always necessary. You should be able to find 2×6’s in precut lengths and NO framing crews should easily frame with 2×4 or 2×6 and not charge more labor for 2×6’s.