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Would it be possible to run tests on complete models of buildings (say 1/2 
scale) with complete sheathing, walls ,floor and roof and compare the shear 
resisting elements with test on the elements standing alone? A check of the 
validity of rigid diaphragm analysis could also be a result of this kind of 
test. It would be interesting to see what effect the non-shear resisting 
elements have on the actual shear capacity of a wood frame structure. It 
would also be interesting to see the difference of a fully sheathed wall 
(with openings for doors and windows creating elements not meeting the code 
h/L ratio) to a wall with sheathing on the designed shear elements only.