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RE: WOOD - Load bearing studs in a party wall

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Section 708.2 of the UBC indicates where fire blocking is needed.  The last
paragragh of 708.2.2 addresses party walls.

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>From:	ADSCE(--nospam--at) [SMTP:ADSCE(--nospam--at)]
>Sent:	Wednesday, October 22, 1997 8:42 PM
>To:	seaoc(--nospam--at)
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>Subject:	Re: WOOD - Load bearing studs in a party wall
>Dear Bill;
>You should have fire blocking at mid height of your studs which
>will make the
>unsupported height of your studs half as much. This will help
>the capacity of
>your studs.
>Mostafa Oloumi
>I agree, but the problem here is that the use of full depth
>fire-blocking destroys the sound dampening capacity of the wall.
>Staggered blocking does not stop the fire from traveling up the
>Dennis Wish PE