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At 11:02 AM 4/1/97 -0800, you wrote:
>     Any thoughts on the best way to use metal stud framing as shear walls 
>     when the architect will not permit the use of plywood in a production 
>     facility tenant improvement?
>     The interior metal stud walls will be supporting a utility grid 
>     (mostly HVAC, conduit, lighting, and ceiling) weighing about 30 psf 
>     maximum, so the earthquake loads will be small.  I've been considering 
>     the use of metal strap x-bracing, sheet metal screwed to the 
>     individual studs, and designing the straps as "structural steel" 
>     members.
>     Thanx,
>     Rick Drake, SE


Have you checked the allowable values for prticle board sheathed stud

Sasha Itsekson
Huntington Design Associates, Inc.
Oakland, CA

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