24" stud spacing vs 16" stud spacing


Old 08-04-14, 06:18 PM
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24" stud spacing vs 16" stud spacing

I'm building a small workshed (12x16f) and I'm wondering which one would be better. Going 24" will save me about 30% or so. However, 16" is more standard and stronger.

I'm wondering if going 16" really matters. It's not like I'm building a house. If they build homes with 24" then why can't a build a shed?

I keep reading about how 16" is really better, and also about how 24" is perfectly fine. Can someone please clarify for me? I don't want to build a bad structure, but I can't do an expensive one, and spending more money on framing means less money to go to other parts that could really use it.
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Old 08-04-14, 06:44 PM
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Unless you have some seismic requirements or some sort of local code that we don't know about, 24" on center is fine, but I would recommend you step up to 5/8" roof sheathing so that you can skip the h-clips that are used with thinner roof sheathings when 24" OC is used. You will want your rafter layout to be inline with your studs.
Old 08-04-14, 07:19 PM
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If they build homes with 24" then why can't a build a shed?
The only time houses can be built 24" OC is when using engineered trusses. Hand framed is almost always 16 OC.
Old 08-04-14, 07:37 PM
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I don't see the 30% savings. Maybe $35 total in wood. You can do it, no problem.
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What type of siding do you intend to use? Thinner sidings may wave in/out on 24" centers.
Old 08-05-14, 05:12 AM
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Spend the extra on 16" centers. Later on you won't be sorry.
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