The Home Depot website has these two as categories under Dimensional Lumber.

Why would one want to exclude items from one category during a search for wood to use in a project?

What is the difference?

Screenshot of HomeDepot.com

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    Ed is correct - ...but mostly, because their website is very sub-par at helping you find anything. Verified multiple times in multiple ways over the past few months, as well as less intensively over many years.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 17:40

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Studs are cut to length at the mill so you can build your 8’ walls without cutting the ends off the top and bottom plates with studs make a quick tilt up wall, the rest is true 8’ 10’ 12’ . Note if remodeling verify length prior to building a wall.

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    Learn something new every day+
    – JACK
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 17:45
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    "Framing Studs" are also referred to as "Pre-cut".
    – FreeMan
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 18:38
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    If you click the studs category, you get 3, 4, and 6" boards cut to 96, 92 5/8, and 104 5/8. So basically, any wood meant to be vertical in a typical house. Ed's answer is talking mostly about the 92 5/8 boards for an 8' wall and the 104 5/8 for a 9' wall.
    – JPhi1618
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 19:45
  • I was (today) days old when I learned that. I though the stores were always trying to short change me! :)
    – PeteCon
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 3:28
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    Although The Home Depot doesn't use if this way it can also be used to describe the grade of lumber. "Stud" grade is one of the low strength grades of lumber since a stud only experiences compression forces. Framing grade lumber is usually straighter and stronger, having less flaws and is used for rafters and joists where both compression and tension loads are experienced.
    – mfarver
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 18:17

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