Knowledge is Power: Know OSB Sheathing Performance & Options

Originally published by: SBC MagazineMarch 4, 2014

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In light of the recent collapse of a condominium building under construction in the Briar Creek area of Raleigh, NC, a closer examination of the design/installation of sheathing for wall bracing may be needed. This certainly provides an excellent example of the importance of the application of connectors because it is likely that the fastening/connections in the structure played a prominent role in the collapse.

An understanding of how fastener size and installation method can affect the strength of shear walls (a.k.a., braced wall panels) is critical to providing proper wall bracing.

This article in the March issue of SBC Magazine answers the question: What effects can installation methods and fastener sizes have on the strength of wood structural panel (WSP) wall bracing?