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Re: Wood: 'en' and Plywood question.

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Al, you misunderstood the question. This has nothing to do with the capacity 
of the nail. It is related to the calculation for deflection which assumes 
that the actual shear in the panel is distributed uniformly to each nail at 
the edge of the panel. Therefore if you had 240 pounds of shear per foot and 
the panel was nailed one one side at 6" o.c. you would have two nails per 
foot and each would take 120 pounds of the shear. My questions was then if 
you sheathed both sides of the wall, you would end up with 4 nails per foot 
(two per each side). I asked if it was appropriate in the deflection formula 
to then consider the load to each nail as 60 pounds per nail.

I think that this is the correct interpretation of the problems.

Dennis Wish PE

In a message dated 7/15/99 8:35:19 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
AGrathwol(--nospam--at) writes:

 > 1) I know this is an elementary, but I want to make sure I 
 > have it right. If 
 > you sheath both sides of the wall using the same nail pattern 
 > (who wouldn't?) 
 > do you reduce the nail capacity in half?
 I don't know why you would do that.
 > For example if you have 8d at 6" on the edge on one side, the 
 > capacity per 
 > nail is v*(6/12) per nail. However, if both sides are 
 > sheathed with 8d at 6" 
 > o.c. is the capacity per nail v*(6/24) ?
 I see no reason to reduce the strength.  The nails on one side of the wall
 don't know that there are nails on the other side!
 > 2) What thicknesses of plywood and OSB are commonly used for 
 > shearwalls. I 
 > always specify 15/32" 5-ply (struct I) panels but understand 
 > that some use 
 > 3/8 or 1/2". With all of the choices for plywood's to determine wall 
 > deflections, which panels should I be considering for common 
 > use in all of 
 > the area's of the US (since the program calculates wind loads 
 > as well).
 The UBC tables specify an allowable shear for various plywood thicknesses.