You will find dry ones measure more in the range of 1.5 x 3.5
but that is not a guarantee either.
I have found 2x4 here that are actually 2 1/4 by 4 plus....of course those
are old millings.
It is very difficult when repairing a redwood deck, and doing in line
repairs if the 2x6 are 1.5 x 5.5
and the purchased repair is 1 5/8 x 5 5/8
Of course one can rip, although as they dry they shrink.....
I have received deliveries with 2 different millings in the single
And had to sort out the different size as to not affect the deck spacing....
"dadiOH" wrote in message
Maybe 2x4s were once actually 2" x 4", don't know, best I remember is 1
5/8" x 3 5/8". They were that way for many years, then went down to 1
1/2" x 3 1/2". That's OK, no problem but - apparently - pressure treated
2x4s are still 1 5/8" x 3 5/8". At least the ones I just bought and
chopped down to size yesterday are (I'm making some cabinet plinths).
Now, 1/8" isn't all that much but it's enough to screw up my plans for the
rest of the cabinets which means I either have to revise the plans or
skinny down the PT. I'll do the latter but I sure wish they would decide
what size 2x4s should be, PT or not.
I guess I should ask a question, not just rant, so I will: Is there some
reason PT 2x4s are bigger?
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