Wall stud bowing more and more - reason for concern?

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Wall stud bowing more and more - reason for concern?

Post by diy502 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:35 pm

I purchased a house two months ago (brand new build), and when I did the initial inspection I noticed that one of the studs in a load bearing wall in the center of the unfinished basement was slightly bowed.

I didn't think much of it, but now it's two months later and it's bowing a lot more. It seems to be getting worse over time. It also started chipping near the top, and I also see that the stud was toenailed to the floor plate really sloppily (all of this wall's studs actually).

Should/can I do anything about this, or should I just let it be for now?

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Re: Wall stud bowing more and more - reason for concern?

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:10 pm

That particular stud is just a bad stud, replacement is advised since this is a load bearing wall. As for the toe-nailing, if they're all this bad, I'd recommend adding more nails. Here in the states toe-nailing must be done from both sides. The stud in the picture appears to have a knot where the nails need to be, making nail installation that much harder. The trick to keep studs from splitting out or knots from being a problem is to predrill holes through the stud only that are just a hair smaller than the nail you're using, in this instance 8d is good, 16d is better. Also, toe-nails should not be seen on the back side, you want the nail to be fully encapsulated in the wood for maximum holding power.
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Re: Wall stud bowing more and more - reason for concern?

Post by Shannon » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:56 pm

yes I 100% agree with Spruce here, the toe nailing is bad and the stud is just warping/bowing as it dries outMeasure for a new stud to get a nice tight fit and swap it out,fix up the toe nails and you should be ok.
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Re: Wall stud bowing more and more - reason for concern?

Post by diy502 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:31 pm

Thanks for the quick response and suggestions guys! I have a two year structural warranty with the builder, so I'll try to get them to re-do that entire wall properly at the 6-month mark.

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