# What is the actual size of a 2x6?

### What is the actual size of a 2x6?

Lumber Dimensions: Nominal vs. Actual
Nominal SizeActual Size
2x41-1/2" x 3-1/2"
2x61-1/2" x 5-1/2"
2x81-1/2" x 7-1/4"
2x101-1/2" x 9-1/4"
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### Why are 2x4 not actually 2x4?

DIMENSIONAL LUMBER: In the past, when a timber was called a 2x4 [or "two-by-four"], it actually measured 2 inches by 4 inches. ... Because of this extra milling, a 2x4 no longer measures a full 2 inches by four inches. Instead, a 2x4 is really only 1 1/2" by 3 1/2".

### Why is dimensional lumber not actual size?

The "nominal" cross-section dimensions of a piece of lumber, such as 2 X 4 or 1 X 6, are always somewhat larger than the actual, or dressed, dimensions. ... The reason is that dressed lumber has been surfaced or planed smooth on four sides (called S4S). The nominal measurement is made before the lumber is surfaced.

### What is the actual size of dimensional lumber?

All dimensional lumber has both nominal and actual dimensions. The most familiar type of dimensional lumber is the two-by-four. Due to the thickness of the saw blade and additional milling processes, the resultant two-by-four product is not 2 inches by 4 inches. Instead, it is 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.

### Why are 2x6 not 2x6?

It's lumber that is “dressed” is when it looses it's actual size. And that's not including the heat treating and/or kiln drying processes too. In short, 2x6 are referred to as 2x6 because it's easier to say and understood throughout the industry that we are only referring to its nominal dimensions vs its actual.

### How much does a 2x6 weigh per foot?

The weight of a 2-by-6-inch piece of wood varies based on the type of lumber and the moisture content of the lumber. On average, however, it weighs 2 pounds per foot.

### Is a 4x4 really 4 inches?

While it is true that the actual size of a 4 x 4 board is 3 ½ x 3 ½, that is not a deceptive practice in my opinion. It is well known that lumber is sold based on nominal sizes, and the actual size of the boards is smaller than the nominal size.

Lumber Prices
BoardStud*16'
2x3
2x4\$5.17\$12.62
2x6\$8.82\$17.62

### Can you use 2x6 for deck boards?

Wood decking is commonly available in 2x6 and 5/4 x 6 profiles. 5/4 x 6 is produced specifically for decking and is milled with a radius edge or bull nose. 2x6 is thicker and is stronger, but is also more expensive. Spacing between deck boards provide a few critical functions.

### What grade of wood has the fewest imperfections?

Clear Grade Grade clear allows for the fewest defects from insects and worms and natural causes and has limited natural variations. Grade clear does not allow for pieces shorter than 15 inches and requires an average length of 45 inches or more in bundles of planks up to 7 feet long.

### Which is bigger a 2x4 or 2x6 wall?

The 2x6 wall is roughly equivalent to a 2x4 wall with a half-inch of exterior insulation. Click to see full answer. Regarding this, should exterior walls be 2x4 or 2x6? 2x6 walls are bigger than 2x4 walls. They're harder to lift and the headers on exterior walls require more work.

### Why is 2x8 framing better than 2x6 framing?

2x8s offset on 2x12 plates should make very good sound barriers because the stiffer the wall, the less it can behave like a drum head, transferring acoustic vibrations to the air on the other side of it. Double drywall also helps by making the walls more massive, therefor requiring more sound energy to get them to vibrate.

### How much does it cost to build a 2x6 house?

The cost to build with 2x6 is also high and at a minimum adds \$2,149.90 to the cost of the build, even more if you upgrade your insulation. The energy savings from building with 2x6 are minimal and don’t outweigh the costs, saving about \$.02 per sq/ft living space or \$41 per year.

### How big is a 2x4 piece of lumber?

Because of this extra milling, a 2x4 no longer measures a full 2 inches by four inches. Instead, a 2x4 is really only 1 1/2" by 3 1/2". The same is true of pine.