Is my sheathing shady?
I had my new house sheathed in 3/4-inch, 5-ply plywood because I’m in a high-risk seismic zone with potential for very high wind (100mph+). The framers used 4×8′ sheets.
A third party reviewer commented that sheathing seams shouldn’t have been placed on corners, and that the sheathing should have overlapped the rim joists (instead, it looks like the framers cut a piece of sheathing to wrap all the way around the joists).
The reviewer suggested that structural issues could be minimized by adding light horizontal strapping above and below windows and across the big living room window dividers. He also suggested running some light vertical strapping over the rim joists to tie the floors together.
These sound like pretty easy fixes, but I’m curious to get GBA’s take. Thanks!
(Location: Anchorage, Alaska)
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