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The story that I heard was that it matched the standard length of split cord
(fire) wood.  That is this wood would be used for the lath to support the
plaster and the studs had to match in spacing.

George Richards, P. E.

-----Original Message-----
From: FSRahbar(--nospam--at) [mailto:FSRahbar(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 11:36 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: 16" O.C. Spacing

Does anyone know where the 16" on center spacing has come from? How long ago

it started? Who came up with it first?

Obviously, it is not because of the size of plywood sheathing since they
where using 16" spacing before they know what plywood was.

An architect asked that questions and I did not have an answer!

Thank you,

F S Rahbar, SE


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