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Please see “definitions”, section 2302, which clearly defines “wood structural panels” including examples of same, which include both OSB and plywood.





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From: Joseph R. Grill [mailto:jrgrill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 09:36
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: OSB Shear wall nailing


Are the Shear wall tables directly applicable to plywood and OSB and where can this association be found in the code or other documents.  IBC 2306.4.1 says structural panel sheathing.  Does “structural panel sheathing” indicate both plywood and OSB?  It has been a very long time since I have been asked this and I am going to have to explain. 


Buddy, are you out there?

Thanks again,



Joseph R. Grill, PE

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