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[SEAOC] Re: [SEAOC] Wood Screw Capacity

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It is OK to use wood screws but make sure the capacity of your
connection does not exceed the value of A35. Since 12 wood screws
will give you higher shear value than 12 8dx1 1/2 nails.

This has been a common practice in URM retrofit work. Connecting existing 
wood X- walls from the bottom to the roof sheathing. This allows the owner to
save his or her roof.