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3x_ versus (2)-2x_

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A common request by contractors is can they substitute (2)-2x_ for the 3x_ studs we specify heavily nailed shear walls and bearing studs in the lower levels of multi-story buildings (here in Seattle, 5 story wood-framed structures are permitted) so long as the studs are spiked together adequately to ensure shear transfer at panel edges.  Opinions?