2x4s are wonderful. They're both versatile and inexpensive, making them ideal for many projects. Unfortunately, for first-time builders, they can be difficult to spot in the wild. For that reason, I've prepared a handy cheat-sheet of TEN common 2x4-related questions so you can be ready for the upcoming 31 Days of 2x4 Projects series here at MoreLikeHome.net. Just click the link at the end of each line to reveal the answer. Ready? Are you sure?
1. I found a board in my wall. It seems to be attached to both the floor and the ceiling. Is it a 2x4?
PROBABLY. But leave it there, it's already doing something important.2. I measured my board and it's 2" by 4". Is it a 2x4?
NO. The actual dimensions of a 2x4 are 1.5" by 3.5".3. I can't find my glasses, but this board feels fuzzy. Is it a 2x4?
NO. That's your cat, keep it away from the saw.4. This board is 1.5" by 3.5", but it's shaped like the letter "U". Is it a 2x4?
YES. But you're going to want straight ones for pretty much any building project.5. I can see lots of layers in my board. Is it a 2x4?
You're looking at plywood, but I suppose if it's 1.5" x 3.5" you could use it as a 2x4. Plywood will be more expensive than pre-cut boards.6. The board seems to be the right size, but it crumbles in my hand. Is it a 2x4?
YES. But you have termites, call an exterminator immediately.7. This board tastes delicious! Is it a 2x4?
NO. Wood tastes awful. You're probably eating a cake.8. This one is the right size, but it's gray and shiny. Is it a 2x4?
YES. But it's a steel 2x4. They're expensive and not as easy to work with, so just go with wood.9. I gathered up all my extra sawdust, added glue, and put it in a 2x4-sized mold. Is it a 2x4?
NO. That's the worst idea I've ever heard.10. There are little green things growing off of this board. Is it a 2x4?
NO. That's a tree. Where did you go to school?That's all for now. If you have any more questions about 2x4s, please leave a comment and I'll answer it!