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3/8 inch shear panels

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For additional quality assurance purposes,a client has requested that we
review plans performed by another engineer for his new residence in Santa
Monica.Personally,since Northridge,we have used City of LA shear wall
requirements for all projects in or near LA County.Our dilemna is that for
this particular project,the engineer specified 3/8 inch Struct I plywood w/8d
@ 2 in o.c. for studs at 16 in o.c. Thus under the 1994 UBC,this corresponds
to a shear value of 730 plf which is almost quadruple that amount allowed by
LA (200 plf).So although the design is legally correct for this
jurisdiction,it just doesn't seem right.Do we have a legal or moral obligation
to inform the owner and piss off the other engineer?Your feedback is

Ricardo Arevalo S.E.