Changes in AS1684-2021 for Holes
& Notches in Wall Frame Members

There are many reasons why members in wall frames would require holes, notches or rebates and it could range from electrical or plumbing services, diagonal bracing elements, installation of anchor rods or trenching for wall plates. AS1684-2010 dealt with certain rules and restrictions in ‘Section 6 – Wall Framing’ within ‘Clause Notching, trenching and holes in studs and plates’ with specific references to ‘Figure 6.4 Notching of wall studs’, ‘Table 6.1 Holes and notches in studs and plates’ and ‘Figure 6.5 Notching of jamb studs’. These requirements have remained constant for many years, until the latest AS1684-2021 edition, which includes revisions to address some commonly encountered challenges with holes and notches in current construction practices.

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