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No, it's not a problem. It's almost unavoidable with dry lumber, and it doesn't appreciably weaken the wall. If it really bothers you, shoot one nail into each narrow edge of the stud up about 6 inches. This will tie the grain together tightly... probably making the stud stronger than it was originally.


I called an engineer and paid for his evaluation of the wall. It's not load bearing. Realized that I left out some basics about the house. This house is built on a raised foundation with cripple walls attaching the floor joists to the foundation. The metal post is attached to the fireplace foundation (which is independent of the houses foundation). There is ...

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