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Is it ok to buy studs from Home Depot/Lowes/Menards? I don't want to waste time scrutinizing each stud if it's straight or curved.

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Is it ok to buy studs from Home Depot/Lowes/Menards? I don't want to waste time scrutinizing each stud if it's straight or curved.

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Yes it's fine.

Do yourself a favor. If you are spending the time to properly frame and build a home theater, take the extra 15 minutes looking for straight studs. Some of the studs at HD can be exceptionally warped.
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Keep in mind that they'll tend to warp and twist after you get them home too, unless you build the wall right away. They've got a lot of moisture and once they're out of the bundle they dry out and move.

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Buy KD dimensional lumber.........you are definitely taking your chances with green lumber especially with these quick turnaround trees being milled ie., 40-45 year old stands. Sad, big trees are no longer milled anymore........or are hard to find and pay premium for.
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It's not that hard to place aside warped lumber and grab straighter pieces when loading your cart smile.gif

It's not rocket science either. You don't need perfection , rather just avoid terrible.

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Thanks folks for the the advice! Will do what you said. But yes, when I was doing it before, I would lay one piece on the concrete floor and then roll it to see if they were warped. I think was doing it too much.
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All you really need to do is pick up one end, hold it about to your nose, and look down a narrow side. Shouldn't need to flip it over, you can see if it is warped any which way looking down the 2x4 from the end of your nose.
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Be aware that even straight studs can warp/twist over time. I was very careful in picking out my studs, but 6 months after framing, some of them are amazingly warped. If I had to do it over again, I might give steel studs a try.
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good news is the humid summer is the best time to frame, the studs will dry much more slowly and hopefully you can get them locked in a wall before they start wandering. The big box retailers are hit and miss on getting good studs if you aren't prepared to sort though all the crap, you should get to know your local lumber yards and which ones stock good studs.
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good news is the humid summer .....

What does "humid summer" mean?

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No idea, wish we had some with some lower temperatures...

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May want to pay a few % more for the premium studs (usually D Fir) which will be straighter and have better edges.

Just picked up 10 from Lowe's today and 10 of the first 11 I picked up were very straight and full boards

the 11th board had a slight crown that would have been acceptable for framing (I'm building furniture so choose another)

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when you buy studs you need to understand the stocking procedure. I've actually watched this a few times. They bring in a fresh bundle stacked nicely and all looking pretty straight, Then they take all the picked over leftovers and put on top of the new good stuff then drive the pile into the spot.

Bottom line usually there is a layer of crap on top. Depending on my mood, sometimes I just make a new pile of the crap on the floor, so they can pick them up again. The next person who comes along can go right for the crap or choose the good stuff. If everybody would just put the crap on the floor they would get tired of picking the crap up and put it in the cull pile.
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Haha that's so true. I thought I was the only one that got frustrated and dumped the crap on the floor.

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I bought all of my studs from Lowe's, Home Depot, and Menards. You do have to be choosy unfortunately, but it will save a lot of frustration when you go to build.

Also be sure to store them on top of something like a plastic dropcloth and so they don't absorb moisture from say, a concrete floor. Secondly, keep them stacked up so there is some weight on most of them. I may or may not be speaking from experience...
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