When building a two level house with the first level overall ceiling height being 12' is 2"x4" construction strong enough to support the weight?
No structural improvement!! Give me a break. I have seen tall 2x4 walls in houses move when the door shuts! I have also grabbed the bare studs mid construction and felt that I could cause major damage if I shook them.(Taller wall of course.) I could not tell you how many 2x4 studs I have seen break when someone climbed up them during construction. The statement is just absurd. Exterior walls will obviously have a better R-value. It retains the interior temp better. I know people that had 300 more square feet and a house built with 2x4, averaged $500 per month higher utility bill than my house with 2x6. The biggest thing you can do for your house is make bigger eves. Foam on the exterior? Maybe for wind block! It has less than a five R-value! I also have a house built during the war out of 1x3's. Is not bad to heat and cool. Pretty incredible but has no insulation in the walls. What blocks the wind is the most important aspect of R-value.. It is like water and will find the weakest point. The war home was wrapped in tar paper, much better than ty-vec in my opinion. You have to stop the air-flow. So I was just aggrevated to read such a response, what I do know is that the costs of different insulation can be huge. Why are ceilings covered in deep insulation over 2x6? Better r-value.. My opinion..
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