The Distance Between 2x4s in House Walls

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The distance between 2 by 4s in house walls can vary depending on a number of different things. Find out about the distance between 2 by 4s in house walls with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone, I'm Joshua Clement, and this is distance between two-by-fours in your house walls. Now, depending on what type of construction you have, a lot of the older construction leave between 16 inches and 24 inches. Your newer construction is always 16 inches on center. That means from one side of the stud to the opposite of the stud should be 16 inches. As you can see here, we're on the far side of this stud here. Now, on this side of the stud, we should be hitting 16 inches on center. On center means you're going from the center of the two-by-four to the center of the two-by-four. The reason they go 16 inches is because if you divide 48 by 16 you end up with four studs across there, that way you can put your drywall up and every seam will end on a two-by-four. So, as you can see here, we're stretched from stud to stud on the outside of one stud now on the inside of this stud, we're sitting at 48 inches. That way, when we put our drywall up here, our seem will split perfectly down this two-by-four, and we won't have to piece anything in there to make sure that our seam doesn't crack. Make sure that your studs are perfectly 16 inches on center will keep you from having to cut that drywall down, and give you what's called a non-seam joint, which is a lot harder to mud. Thank you all for watching, good luck on this project.


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