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It's worth adding that every framer I know hates southern pine (which is likely the structural lumber of choice in the southeast) due to its tendency to twist while drying. Between the lumberyard and the site, it makes framing (and culling) annoying, and in the first year results in a large number of minor repairs to the drywall finish. I had a job where the drywall sub's upcharge for wood studs was greater than the framer's upcharge for steel studs.

At 12:12 PM 10/22/2004 -0700, you wrote:
The framers that I have talked to often request designs with #2 lumber for stud use for the even finish reasons that you mention, but I haven't heard requests for LSL or PSL studs yet. I have used LSL or PSL studs in cases where the heights are much greater than typical, such as the 18' cases you mention. I will have to ask about the pricing differences next time a talk to a framer on a big job.

Paul Crocker, PE, SE

Jordan Truesdell, PE

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