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# What is the standard OC spacing of the studs?

## What is the standard OC spacing of the studs?

16 on center or 16 oc simply means you place the center of the stud every 16 inches. 16-inch stud spacing is the industry standard for residential wall framing.

### What is the advantage of using 2×6 studs at 24 OC instead of 2×4 studs at 16?

You have the potential for 69% more uninterupted insulation in a wall cavity if you use 2×6 studs on 24-in. centers instead of 2×4 studs on 16-in.

Should interior walls be 2×4 or 2×6?

2×6 construction creates more room for wall insulation, which can help enhance home efficiency and reduce cooling and heating bills throughout the warmest and coldest months of the year.

What is the maximum spacing for 2×4 studs?

24 inches
In walls supporting only a roof and ceiling, 2×4 studs can be spaced up to 24 inches on-center, except for Utility grade (No. 3) studs.

## What does 24 inch center mean?

Sheet goods most commonly come in 4 x 8-foot sheets, meaning they are 48 inches wide. If you frame a stud wall at 16 inches OC or even 24 inches OC, the edge of a vertical sheet will fall over the center of a stud (48 is divisible by both 16 and 24).

### What does OC mean in construction?

On Center
A measurement term meaning a certain distance between like materials. Studs rafters, joists, and the like in a building placed at 16 inches O.C. will be laid out so that there is 16 inches from the center of one stud to the center of the next.

Can 2×6 wall be 24 on Center?

To restate the strength conclusions, 2×6 studs are great at 24-inch spacing, plenty strong even up to 10 feet long, supporting several stories. However, you have to be careful with 2x4s – they can make it at 24 inches but with restrictions.

Is 2×6 framing stronger than 2×4?

The total bearing area of three 2x4s is 15 3/4 square inches; two 2x6s have a bearing area of 16 square inches. In bending, however, such as from a wind load, a 2×6 wall is considerably stronger.

## Can you frame a 2 story house with 2×4?

Re: 2 story, 2×4 stud walls 2×6’s are @ 16″ O.C. Yes, you are correct 2×4’s are not allowed if supporting 2 floors and the roof. The photos show 3 story’s (3 levels), Garage/ carport and crawlspace is level 1, and 2 more levels for the living space. 2×4 studs on the 1st level is not acceptable (using todays code).

### How many studs do I need for a 24 foot wall?

Example calculation wall length = 24 feet 10 inches stud framing = 16 inches O.C. 24 feet 10 inches converted to inches = 298 inches. It will take 20 studs to frame this will with 16 inches on centers, stud placement.

When can studs be 24 inches apart?

To summarize, studs at 24-inch spacing will save money and resources, and are safe. With 2x6s, it’s a no-brainer for most residential construction—they’re plenty strong in nearly any configuration. With 2×4 studs you can also get by with 24-inch spacing, but walls should be 9 feet tall or less and the loads modest.