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- Do not substitute new hold-down post with a doubled stud
- When new hold-down posts are specified, such as a 4x4 or 4x6, you should not substitute the specified post with a doubled stud.
- The figure shows two 2x4s used instead of one 4x4
- The allowable strength of a hold-down is partly based on the cross-sectional area of the end stud.
- By making the substitution you have knocked off ½” of lumber.
- The strength of the hold-down is generally reduced by attaching it to two 2x studs (3 inches) instead of the specified solid post (3 ½ inches).