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Re: H/b ratio for Low shear walls

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SDGSE(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:

>  Do
> you a). sheath it and add its stiffness to the line, or b) you disregard it
> and face the consequences of a lawsuit claiming your design of the shear line
> did not account for the inherent stiffness of the finish material on that
> discounted panel that contributed to absorbing more diaphragm shear along the
> same shear line? Pretty neat huh!

You forgot: c) sheath it since it's too stiff to ignore, but ignore it because
it's too tall to be stiff.

Ok, that's somewhat in jest, but it may be the best supported by a mixture of
code and good judgment.

Paul Crocker