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# How long can a 2x6 span?

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The length, or span, of a 2x6 framing stud ranges from 84 inches to 120 inches. The typical length found in U.S. hardware stores is 96 inches, or 8 feet. The type of wood that is being used often effects what length is available.

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There are six lengths that 2x6 studs are typically cut to during processing at a lumber yard. The lengths are 84 inches, 92 ? inches, 96 inches, 104 ? inches, 116 ? inches and 120 inches. It is important to note that the true width and height of a 2x6 is 1 ½ inches by 5 ½ inches.

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