Step 4: Cut the studs

cutting the studs  for a partition wall
Photo: David Carmack
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Count the number of king and common studs marked on the plate and cut them all to the shortest measurement using a portable circular saw and Speed Square.

Also, cut all the cripples, including the two that lie against the king studs, to length: the length of the king stud minus the length of the jack, minus the thickness of the header.

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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      Level,
      for checking whether studs are plumb
    • sledge hammer
      Sledgehammer,
      for nudging the sole plate into position
    • framing square
      Framing square,
      for marking cut and layout lines
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      20-oz. framing hammer
    • chalk line
      Chalk line,
      for marking location of wall on floor and ceiling
    • plumb bob
      Plumb bob,
      for aligning layout marks between ceiling and floor
    • speed square
      Speed Square,
      for marking plates, headers, and studs, and as a saw guide
    • circular saw
      Circular saw

    Shopping List

    1. 2x4s

    2. 10D AND 16D COMMON NAILS