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Just called a lumber yard… 20 feet is the maximum for off the shelf #2 grade or higher. They can order 26-28 feet with some lead time.


Yes, I’m considering the timberstrands, but was hoping to avoid them. Every time I spec them, I get some complaint and they end up doubling/tripling the studs with long staggered internailed splices… fortunately, for this project, it would only be for about 60 lf of wall where the lengths are beyond 26 feet…plus, the barn is going to be used to store some antique stagecoaches, so I don’t think the owner will mind spending the dough. Yee Haw !


Thank you!



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:35 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Lumber Lengths


Gerard -


I don't know the answer to your question (I suggest you call a local lumber yard), but regarding the gabled end walls, have you considered 1-3/4" TimberStrand LSLs? They would satisfy the length problem thereby eliminating the labor to splice sawn studs and would be much straighter than sawn studs. 




T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers
V (949) 248-8588 F(949) 209-2509

-----Original Message-----
From: Gerard Madden, SE [mailto:gmadden(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:01 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Lumber Lengths

Quick question since I can’t remember the answer:


What is the longest length that is readily available for 2x6 & 2x10 DF studs stocked at lumber yards in California? I seem to recall 24-26 feet, but not sure.


I’m designing a barn with 20 foot studs on the long ends and 35 feet at the gabled ends (those I’ll have to strongback and splice)….