FAQs: Wind Bracing Design and Construction

Can sheets of OSB be placed with the long dimension horizontal to construct a braced wall panel?

Yes. OSB can be placed horizontally provided all vertical joints are located at studs, horizontal joints are blocked and all joints are edged nailed.

How do I attach a hold-down at the second floor?

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.

Can braced wall panels be constructed on a cantilevered floor?

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.

More Questions?

Please contact Building Plan Review via email or telephone at 703-222-0114, TTY 711. You may also consult the Wind Bracing publication.

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