FAQs: Wind Bracing Design and Construction
Yes. OSB can be placed horizontally provided all vertical joints are located at studs, horizontal joints are blocked and all joints are edged nailed.
Hold-downs, if installed per the manufacturers' recommendations, require a connection from the hold-down device to an anchor bolt into the masonry or concrete foundation. Obviously this becomes problematic for a braced wall line on the second floor when using continuous sheathing. In this case, a galvanized strap, with an 800-pound capacity, attached on the exterior side of the sheathing into a stud on the second floor and the first floor will suffice.
Yes. Braced wall panels can be constructed on a cantilevered floor provided blocking is provided back at the bearing wall and the cantilever limits of the Virginia Residential Code are followed.