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Forum topic by mer500 posted 09-17-2019 04:11 PM 311 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2019 04:11 PM

So I am building a small 8×10 lawn shed. My question is on the end walls I need to start my stud layout from the end that will be added when I raise the wall

So I need to subtract 3.5 from my start point and make my first mark at 19 3/4. (24” Cl) Sound about right?

So do I pick up the 24 center from that mark by moving the tape or do I need to stay pulling from the added 3.5 which would put my marks at 43 3/4 67 3/4 & 91 3/4.

Im thinking stay with the 3.5 subtracted all the way out.

I know newbie question LMAO


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#1 posted 09-17-2019 10:26 PM

It would be better to do your 24 O.C. form the first exposed stud. That way, interior sheet good edges will split a stud and have support.

If you aren’t putting up an interior wall covering (i.e. leaving exposed studs) then, don’t worry about adding in that corner stud. No reason for it. In fact, it’ll make it harder to put sheet goods on the exterior.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#2 posted 09-18-2019 04:53 AM

Don’t sweat the numbers. Try to stay with 16” On Center spacing, and you won’t go wrong. Think about a piece of siding, or corner trim when you make the corners. If you only have an edge of a 2×4 against a face it may leave you with scant material to nail, or screw your corners with. If you are going to double a stud, corners are good. Often you can get good results with just a portion of a stud, offcuts, and put 2 or 3 of these smaller pieces in corners to give you a wider target for siding, or trims boards. Doors, or Windows over 2’ wide I’d suggest making a header at the top of the opening, and they sit on a pair of cripples (trimmer studs).

This is a good video to watch, both for terminology, and order of work. It's just the framing walls episode, there are videos for each aspect as you work through it.

Good luck, and don’t hesitate to ask questions as you move through the steps.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 09-18-2019 03:23 PM

On center layout is always based on exterior, begin at a corner with layout for what ever centers you want and go for it, then begin on next corner. Exterior siding has always been more expensive than interior materials, and looks better than having a gaggle of joints. the inside centers will work fine. Been framing for 50 years the way we have been doing it
best of luck with it
Rj in az

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