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    Standard Stud Length?

    I read recently that a standard length for a 2x4 stud is 79 1/4". But at the local Depot their stud is 94 and some-odd inches. I always thought it was 96" more or less. Can anyone clue me in?

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    RE: Standard Stud Length?

    It may vary nationally, but around me they usually sell 8 footers as well as 88" (7'4") studs.

    If you use an 8 footer to frame a wall, once you add the top and bottom plate of the framing, you're over 8', thus the 8' drywall won't cover it up . . . that's why they make the 'shorter' ones . . . and why if you redo drywall in your own home, there's a good chance you'll need to cut 4" or so off every sheet of drywall you hang on the wall vertically.

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    RE: Standard Stud Length?

    Lowes and HD here sell two lengths predominately. 92 5/8", and 96".

    The 92 5/8" are for 8' ceilings. That length, plus a bottom plate and two top plates gives you about 97". Hang a 1/2" sheet of drywall on the ceiling and you've got 96 1/2" of vertical wall left. After accounting for any inconsistencies in construction and out-of-level situations you end up with 1/4" to 1/2" of space left between the floor and the bottom of the drywall you've hung on the wall.

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    RE: Standard Stud Length?

    >Lowes and HD here sell two lengths predominately. 92 5/8",
    >and 96".

    92 5/8" makes sense, add on for a pair of 'nominal' thickness 2x4's and you'll be building walls up to exactly 8', no cutting of Drywall necessary.

    Since you're in Georgia, it would make sense . . . we need lower ceilings up here come wintertime . . . heat loss ya know! }>

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    RE: Standard Stud Length?

    Here in No. CA, both Lowes and HD also sell 114 5/8 for 10 ft walls as well as the studs for 8ft walls. When I built my shop (with 10ft walls), I ended up buying the full 10 footers because they were priced cheaper than the shorter studs (go figure). I spent some time making camp fire starter on the chop saw before I started framing. It always hits me after I do something like this that my time may not really be free - Live & Learn has always been hard for me.

    Jim K

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