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Re: Design of Wood Top Plates

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what I normally do is specify that a stud be placed below the truss. 
This very como especailly for comercial projects.  Ballon frame the
wall, place a block in the wall to support the joist(either top chord
hung or hanger) and place a short stud to align with the joist
underneath the block.

Ken Tarlow

---Michael D Zaitz <mzaitz(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Hello,
> What is the common practice for the design of top plates for a load 
> bearing wood stud wall (non-hurricane or seismic area).  The NDS has
> Flat Use factor for 2 x 6's used on their weak axis.  The problem is
> factor only applies to the Allowable Bending stresses (Fb) and not
to the 
> Allowable Shaer Stresses (Fv).  The problem is I have trusses with a
> reaction on a 2 x 6 @ 16 " o.c. stud wall.  A double top plate will
> calc. out (2 x 6 SPF Stud Grade Fv=70 psi per NDS 1991)  Based on the 
> calcs, I would need approximately 5 plates (or if No 2 Southern
> Pine was used 4 plates).  The architect would not accept this (over 
> engineered)  and the chances of having the workmen locating a stud 
> directly under the truss is not good.  Are there any factors I am 
> missing?  I understand that the shear check for wood is for a
> shear and wood think a flat member would resist it better.  Anyone
> any suggestions?  
> Mike

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