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RE: 3x single studs @ abutting panels

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Title: RE: 3x single studs @ abutting panels

It does meet the intent of the code.  The reason for the 3x is because you have two pieces of panel nailed to one member.  If the individual panels are nailed to separate members and then the members are spliced together then it meets the intent.

You would still to meet the 3x foundation sill requirements and apply the same concept if wood panels are butted at top or bottom plates in platform framing.

-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Bingham [mailto:NickB(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2002 3:00 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: 3x single studs @ abutting panels

In my neck of the woods, Seismic zone 3, the building department will accept
two 2x studs nailed together as an acceptable alternate to a "single 3 inch
nominal member" as called for in footnote 3 of table 23-II-I-1 for shear
walls with v> 350 plf. While this solution does appear to meet the intent of
the code, it fails strict interpretation. Any feedback is appreciated.

Nick Bingham

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