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3x4 Shear Wall Studs

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For plywood shear walls the plywood needs to be nailed a minimum of 3/8 inch from the edge.  So does the stud.  There should be a 1/8 inch space between panel edges for expansion with moisture.  You can not get this edge distance and spacing with a 1 1/2", 2x stud.  For proper edge distance and adequate nailing for a plywood shear wall you need to use a minimum of 3x4 studs at the panel edges.  The table calls for nominal 2x studs.  For higher shear loads you need 3x4 studs, per the shear wall nailing table.
Dave Gaines
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Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1:36 PM
Subject: Wood Shear Wall Studs < 2x4

Anyone aware of information regarding shear wall construction with studs less than 2x4?


Barry H. Welliver