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Re: Interior Shear Wall

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The problem with the blocking panels, you are still restricted to the 2:1 ratio just like a shear wall because of the way it is constructed.
If you placed a coil strap full length top & bottom with blocking behind in  each of the blocking panels  you could argue the point.  Buttttttttttttt........
The cost of labor  for this assembly would far exceed the cost of additional material.

Joe Venuti

Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs,  CA