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Joe,

I didn’t mention this, but I do the same thing. If there is no other place for the shearwall, then I double stud the wall and push the plumbing out about 3-1/2 inches. It becomes the problem of the Architect/ designer to make it work because I think there is too many unknowns once you start cutting into what should be a pristine shear resisting element.

Thanks for confirming my fears and my desire to bring it to the EOR’s attention. I don’t want to tell them how to design but I believe that this falls into the category covered under UBC 1605.2 Rationality “Any system or method of construction to be used shall be based on a rational analysis in accordance with well-established principles of mechanics. Such analysis shall result in a system that provides a complete load path capable of transferring all lateral loads and forces from their point of origin to the load-resisting elements….” I have been quoting this section a lot lately.

 

Dennis

 

Dennis S. Wish, PE

California Professional Engineer

Structural Engineering Consultant

dennis.wish(--nospam--at)verizon.net

http://www.structuralist.net

 

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Subject: Re: Plywood shearwall in Plumbing Wall

 

Dennis:
I usually ask for two walls one structural and one cut it up as you wish.
They usually get excited when I ask for 2x8 plates and I require the plumbing to be on on side only.

Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs,  CA

 

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