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Bill Allen wrote:
RE: DC PE needed (drawings review)

Chuck –


Don’t you only have to stagger the nailing at abutting panel edges, not on the top plate and sill plate, right?


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #2607)

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San Juan Capistrano, CA


-----Original Message-----
From: chuckuc [mailto:chuckuc(--nospam--at)]
Thursday, December 11, 2003 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: Shear Walls and 3x Framing (UBC)


Merry Christmas Dennis-
1.Up here in No. CA we sheath everything--it's just you So. CA right-wing conservatives that cut corners ;o)
2. How does the stud know it's not supposed to split because you calculated 349?
3. You're correct about the 3x sills.

1. Staggered nailing in a 2x isn't difficult is impossible
2.One story- nail the top plate (.5" stagger)
3. Two story nail at the rim joist

I'm not so sure its easier to predict tie failures than it is SW nailing (especially when post/hardware get above PHD5).

I usually write my G/N  just like that--staggered at less than 6" spacing. (Although to be completely consistent a 2" o.c. pattern should move into 3 rows :o(

I make every reasonable effort to keep my loads low enough to use 10d @6--they are much easier to build.  & size my tiedowns for load rather than SW cap.YMMV
Chuck Utzman, P.E.
Dennis Wish wrote: