Question Regarding Building a Load-Bearing Wall in Place
I am currently re-framing exterior load bearing walls on an old detached garage that had major rot in both the sills and studs, and I was hoping I could get some insight on how snug the new studs need to be. This may seem like an obvious or stupid question, but I am having a bit of trouble with it. Don’t worry, the structure is already supported with temporary walls (I consulted with a structural engineer, and have framed small structures in the past).
Back to the issue: the studs are all just slightly different lengths as this is an old building that has settled over time, and I have noticed that when i make one stud tight by having even an extra 1/32″ (requiring a few light taps with a hammer or my hand) the two adjacent studs become somewhat loose – but they are still making contact with the sill and top plate. When I cut the studs all the exact distance between the sill and top plate (requiring almost no force to tap them in place), they stay in place and are making contact, but don’t feel snug at all. My question is- does this matter? Will the weight of the roof settle and compress the wall once the temporary wall is removed? Or will this create issues down the line?
Thanks for any help.