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Re: Interior Shear Wall

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As long as there's vetical shear continuity from panel to panel, the top plate of the wall should provide the equivalent of  a bottom plate, and the metal strap (applied over the roof sheathing) ties the tops of the panels together--the whole thing should act more or less like a single shearwall. The 2:1 ratio applies to the whole assembly, not each panel.
Chuck Utzman, P.E.

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