Story: Building materials



Traditional timber dimensions were generally exact multiples of inches. With metrification and a desire to maximise timber production, dimensions are typically smaller than they were. In the 2000s a piece of framing which used to be a ‘four-by-two’ – four inches by two inches (roughly 100 by 50 millimetres) – has become a 90 by 45 millimetres.

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Jeremy Salmond, 'Building materials - Timber', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Jeremy Salmond, published 11 Mar 2010