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Shear Wall Sheathing Blocking IRC

TronPlayer | Posted in General Questions on

For exterior sheathing code, can the blocks for edge fastening be installed edge up leaving the wall cavity open and providing a larger nailing surface?

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    Michael Maines | | #1

    For shear wall bracing, I am not aware of a code requirement regarding orientation, and my carpenter's intuition says that it shouldn't matter. But it's not something that I can recall coming up on plan reviews or inspections; it may matter, at least in some locations.

  2. BirchwoodBill | | #2

    Some people combine shear wall bracing/panel bracing with a fire stop. Not a code requirement but a construction practice.

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