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For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.
This On the Job looks at a project that requires insulated R-sheathing.
This thread from the JLC Forums offers tips for dealing with tiny bubbles appearing in joint compound.
This prefab cavity wall drain provides a complete flashing system in an easy-to-install panel for masonry cavity walls.
The EcoStud stud and track system is for use in non-load-bearing walls
The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.
How to calculate the required length of bracing
Adjustment factors for one- and two-story structures
You can frame a wall without hiring an engineer -- but plan review may give you brain cramps
People who don’t like to detail flashing tape around pipes might consider Huber's Zip Liquid Flashing
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