2x6 or 2-2x4s to support a truss?
I'm just wondering if it is better (stiffer & carries more weight) to use a single 2x6 as the stud in an outer wall of a house (under each truss), or to use double 2x4s. This is in a 9' high wall, and my gut feeling is that the double 2x4s will be better, assuming that lateral deflection of the stud is the key element to worry about. The house will be 44' wide and will have a center, load bearing wall. Snow load is 60 psf. A single 2x6 is about $5, whereas double 2x4s are about $4. The cost difference is not terribly worthy of worry, but if double 2x4s also get better stiffness and load carrying capacity, then that may be a swaying factor. Maybe this is a question for an engineer???? Thanks. j
Posted Feb 25, 2010 10:40 PM ET
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