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Ventilation vs. Eaves Blocking in Seismic Zones Ventilation vs. Eaves Blocking in Seismic Zones

Q. I have a question about the hidden soffit vent details you've published recently (Backfill, 7/04; Letters, 10/04). Is it possible to build this so that you get a positive transfer of lateral loads from the roof sheathing to the frieze blocking and into Read more

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Q&A: Which Way With OSB Sheathing? Q&A: Which Way With OSB Sheathing?

Q: I recently inspected a home that had 3/8-inch OSB corner bracing. The surface stamp indicated that the strength axis of the panel ran in the long direction (see photo, below). I assume this means the panel should be applied with the long dimension across the studs, yet the builder had installed the long dimension parallel to studs. I called APA to check and was told the stamp only applies for roof sheathing and not to corner bracing. Why is the strength axis important for roof sheathing but not for corner bracing? Read more

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Practical Engineering: Fixing Shear Wall Nailing Mistakes

Simple fixes for shear wall nailing mistakes Read more

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Practical Engineering: Shear Nonsense

Installing hold-downs for shear walls Read more

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Nailing Patterns for Built-Up Beams Nailing Patterns for Built-Up Beams

Q: What’s the best nailing pattern for built-up beams? Read more

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