How Much Space Do You Need Between 16 On Center Stud?
The first thing you have to understand is that there are two types of studs: center and edge. There are many different sizes of center studs, but they all follow the same principle. A center stud is usually 2 inches or less in diameter and it’s located at the top of a wall where there isn’t any other support structure like a ceiling or floor. Edge studs are smaller than center studs and they’re located at the bottom of a wall. They’re typically 1 inch or less in diameter.
In general, you want to avoid using either type of stud if possible because it will decrease your home’s structural strength. If you use a center stud, then you’ll probably have to replace them every few years due to wear and tear from normal usage. And if you use edge studs, then you’ll have to replace them every time they get damaged.
There are several factors that determine which type of stud is best for your home. These include the size of the room being built, the amount of weight that will be placed on each side of the wall and other factors such as whether or not there are windows in your home. If you use an edge stud, then you might have to replace them once or twice a decade depending on how often you move around the house.
What Are The Benefits Of Using 16 On Center Studs?
If you’re looking for a way to save money while still maintaining good sound construction techniques, then 16 on center studs may be just right for your needs.
When you’re doing construction on your home, you need to make sure that you have enough space between the studs so that you can properly insulate them. If you don’t have enough space then the studs won’t be able to hold in the heat or cold very well and this could cause your energy bills to spike. Ideally, you want at least 1 inch of space between the studs so they can hold in the heat or cold. While 24 on center studs have become the industry standard, there are still a large number of people that prefer 16 on center for several reasons. Most 16 on center studs have this much space between them so they can be easily insulated.
If you’re planning on building an addition onto your home, then 16 on center studs are a good option because they’re very easy to find at your local home improvement store. You can also easily find other materials that are compatible with 16 on center construction so that everything fits together nicely.
What Are The Advantages Of Using 16 On Center Studs?
While 16 on center construction isn’t as popular as it once was, there are still a lot of people out there that prefer it. Many people argue that 16 on center is better because you don’t have to leave gaps in the walls for insulation. Others like the fact that it’s easier to work around if you make a mistake.
The biggest benefit of using 16 on center framing is the price. While a packet of 24 on center framing costs around $4, a packet of 16 on center framing only costs around $3. This is why a lot of people prefer using it in their homes even if they don’t have any special circumstances that would require it.
What Are The Drawbacks To Using 16 On Center Framing?
There are some people that insist that 16 on center is actually stronger than 24 on center and this has to do with how the walls are constructed. If you build your walls using 16 on center, then you can build them up higher. And since you’re using more studs, the walls become stronger. This may or may not be true depending on your situation, but it’s an interesting theory nonetheless
What Are The Disadvantages Of Using 16 On Center Studs?
While 16 on center framing does have its benefits, it doesn’t work in every situation. For example, if you want to add a door into your wall, then you’re going to have to leave a space between the stud and the door. This isn’t a huge deal in most cases, but it is an inconvenience that you don’t have to deal with if you use 24 on center framing.
Another disadvantage of using 16 on center framing is that you can’t easily insulate the walls because there isn’t anywhere to put the insulation. While you can leave space between the stud and the drywall, this isn’t very practical and it’s going to make your home look unfinished.
Finally, another disadvantage to 16 on center framing is that you have to use different types of drywall than you would with 24 on center. Standard drywall that you get at the store is made to be used with 24 on center studs because it has special clips that you can screw into the stud. If you use this type of drywall with 16 on center studs, it’s just going to make your job harder and it isn’t going to hold in the same manner.
It’s for this reason why most people have switched over to tool partition wall that is made specifically for 16 on center framing. While this type of wall does its job, it isn’t as strong as regular drywall and it’s more expensive.
You also need to use different types of nails and screws. Again, most of the time this isn’t a problem because most hardware stores carry these items separately, but it’s still something to be aware of if you’re going to be working on a tight budget.
Overall, 16 on center framing has its advantages and disadvantages just like everything else in life. If you’re going to use it, make sure to do your research first.
No matter what framing you decide to use, there are some things you should definitely do:
Make sure you purchase enough materials for the job
Don’t scrimp on your materials and don’t forget to include the cost of labor when making the final calculations. Even if you’re using friends and family to help you out, they’re going to expect to be paid (even if its just in pizza and drinks).
Make sure you have a game plan before starting
It would be highly unfortunate if you ran out of materials before you’re finished. This is why it’s best to have an outline of what needs to be done and how much of each material you will need.
Step 2: Choosing A House
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t put any thought into this. There are many things to consider such as the location, condition, layout, and size of the house. I know it may not seem like it, but all of these factors play a big role in how easy (or hard) it will be to build your fort.
I can’t tell you which house to pick, but I can tell you what to look for and what to avoid.
Location: Where you live is important for many reasons. First of all, you need to make sure that it’s a place where you and your friends won’t get kicked out of. You also need to make sure that your parents or other adults in the house are okay with you turning part of it into a fort.
I’ve seen people live in really cramped conditions just because their parents wouldn’t let them have their own houses…or at least not the whole house to themselves.
Best location: An abandoned house in your neighborhood.
Why it’s best: Let’s face it; no one is going to miss an abandoned house in your neighborhood…or at least not care enough to report you. Also, if your parents don’t mind you using it, it gives you more space to build and equip your fort.
Of course, in this scenario, there are downsides. For one, these houses are usually in terrible condition…which means you’re probably going to have to fix them up before you can use them. I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure that could be harmful to your health in the long run.
Second, these houses stand out like a sore thumb. If anyone asks (and people will ask), you’re going to have to come up with a story about how you’re going to fix it up and live there…which means more work for you.
Worst location: Your own house
Why it’s worst: Let’s face it; it’s easy for your parents to kick you out of your house when they find out what you’re doing.
Downsides: See above…
Condition: The condition the house is in also matters. Is the roof still intact? Do the windows have cracks? These are some minor things you should be looking for outside of the houses.
Inside, you want to look for things like flooring (especially in the basement), leaks, mold and water damage. These things can all be fixed to some degree, but again, it’s going to take time and money…possibly more than you bargained for.
Best condition: An abandoned house in good condition.
Why: Houses usually fall into disrepair over several years. By looking for one that’s already in bad shape, you’ll save yourself quite a bit of work…and potential health hazards.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something with personal meaning, this may not be the option for you. I’m pretty sure the whole point of building a fort is so you can live out your childhood fantasies…not live in them.
Worst condition: Your own house
Why: Unless you want to risk the wrath of your parents and/or the law, this isn’t really an option for you.
On the bright side…well, you’re already there. You won’t have to walk far.
Also, if you’re a really smart and creative kid (like I was), you can use your own house for some parts of the story because your parents don’t go in your room.
Thoughts: Location is important in that you want to pick a good one for building your fort, but it’s less important in that you need to live somewhere. Your own house is probably the most convenient, but abandoned houses in your neighborhood are probably the safest.
Dig Two (or Three) Graves
When you’re a kid, you tend to be a lot more flexible in what you believe. As you grow older, the things you’re exposed to tends to shape your world view and beliefs. Now I’m not going to go all “there are no truths, only interpretations” on you, but it is true that your experiences can cause you to react in different ways. I’ve had several friends over the years who have developed a very cynical world view after having bad things happen to them.
One friend of mine lost her mother at a very young age. As a result, she was deeply pessimistic. Another had their dad walk out on his family when they were young. As a result, he never trusted anyone outside his inner circle.
What I’m saying is, bad experiences can cause you to become more cynical. Now I’m not suggesting that you need to have horrible things happen to you before you can appreciate the good things, but it can certainly shape how you act and what you believe.
For me, when I was twelve years old, my friends and I stumbled upon a dead body in the woods near our neighborhood. We were all young and had no idea what to do in that situation. Naturally, we told our parents and they called the police.
Look, I don’t want to dwell on the negative here, but this was a really messed up time for me. Really messed up. I mean, I know it would be easy to say that something like this “molded” me into becoming the person I am today…but it didn’t.
Not really. It just made things worse.
A girl had been murdered and I knew the person responsible.
I was twelve years old…I didn’t know what to do.
So I said nothing.
I said nothing for four years until that boy committed another crime. This time, it was a kidnapping and ransom gone wrong. Two more people were dead and this time there was no question: he did it. The problem was I still knew stuff only the killer could’ve known…which meant he was trying to set me up.
I can’t go into details without risking legal stuff, but let’s just say I took matters into my own hands and confessed everything to the police.
I saved an old woman from spending her whole life worrying about her long lost son, a daughter from having to attend her father’s funeral and most importantly, an infant from spending it’s life as an orphan (and possibly being adopted by one of those crazy Romanian couples).
Of course, I myself spent a couple years in juvie and as an adult, I went to prison for manslaughter. Of course, my crime was “justified” due to being a minor so they didn’t throw the book at me.
My point is: dark stuff happens to everyone and it’s how you deal with it that matters.
So what about you? Have you ever made a tough choice? What was it? Tell me in the comments!
The only person that was on your mind at the moment was the girl right in front of you. You’d do anything to see her again, but that wasn’t something easily accomplished. She lived in a different town and went to a different school. You were just visiting her. It would be stupid to try and go there.
Your mom would only get mad if you came home late, or not at all.
Her name was Cindy. She was your best friend and you spent as much time with her as possible whenever the opportunity arose. Neither of you knew what the hell you were, but you liked each other anyway.
You sat together at lunch and had both informed the other of your mutual secret: you were sloths. Oh sure, everyone thought that you were just naturally slow-moving kids that had no energy or got bored very easily, but it ran deeper than that.
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