2 x 4s

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  1. eXistenZ

    eXistenZ Play it.

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    Why aren't 2 x 4s actually 2 x 4??? I feel the urge to sue for false advertising. :supergrin: Seriously though, wtf? :dunno:
     
  2. M1A Shooter

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    older rough cut 2x4s are actually 2x4. the newer lumber is planed down 1/4" on each side giving you 1.5x3.5.
     

  3. KILLERtj

    KILLERtj F.I.B.

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    You meant 1.5x3.5's?

    Gotta skimp out and get more board feet per tree...

    KILLERtj
     
  4. eXistenZ

    eXistenZ Play it.

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    Well thats stupid...
     
  5. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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  6. Harvick

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    They actually used to measure 2x4 before the 1930's. More modern milling machines were introduced to make the wood smoother and straighter but the terms (2x4, 2x6 ect... ) were kept standard. The general term is called dimensional lumber.
     
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    da chef glock convert

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    good enough for hacksaw jim duggan !
     
  8. The Oracle

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    Yeah, that wood measurement has been troubling me for a while,



    ..but now that I think about it, ...men have been probably been rounding up on most measurements of any type of "wood" for some time now


    ...got wood??



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  9. SFCSMITH(RET)

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    Because, and this is the actual reason, they were "named" 2x4's before the advent of kiln dried, machine cut lumber. A modern 2x4 is just barely under 2x4 before drying, about 1.5 x 3.5 after. The ability to have lumber that is a certain size and shape, and will STAY that way is a great advantage to modern construction. Can't tell you how handy "pre-cuts" are when framing.
     
  10. The Oracle

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    I am more troubled by 4wheel drive vehicles that have limited slip differentials, ...whereby only 1 wheel on each axle is getting power,

    ...such 4x4's are actually two wheel drive even when in 4wheel drive mode,


    ...bottom line, if you don't have locking differentials on each axle, each axle is just one-legging around and should certainly not be considered a 4wheel drive vehicle


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    Would you like to use rough sawed lumber? It's 2 x 4.
     
  13. MooseJaw

    MooseJaw NRA Lifer CLM

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    Toothpicks gotta come from somewhere.. :rofl:
     
  14. stevelyn

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    And it's cheaper. I'm framing my house with it.
     
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    To the OP, glad you asked the question! Been wondering this myself for years.

    -Stooxie
     
  16. ryanm

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    Don't even get me started on 2x12s!
     
  17. MooseJaw

    MooseJaw NRA Lifer CLM

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    So.. are metal studs 1.5x2.5, or are they a full 2x4?? And why??
     
  18. HiddenEyes

    HiddenEyes It can be done

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    They can be 1.5x3.5" but are often sized for the specific application. Some are only 1x2 for interior walls for example. Others are much thicker and are stamped out for large runs of plumbing or wire.



    Mr. HE:cool:
     
  19. The Machinist

    The Machinist Please! Please! No more!

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    For the same reason gun calibers and engine sizes are all make-believe: just because they can! :supergrin:
     
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    Do you mean an open differential? My limited slip in my rear axle will apply power to both wheels under certain conditions.