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Old 09-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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When I square up an exterior wall then put on a couple of pieces of osb sheathing (can't sheath it all cause I don't have enough help lifting wall up) I know I need to level wall once up but I don't need to add additional diagonal bracing to the wall do I?

Also do you add diagonal bracing to interior walls on the ground or after wall is lifted and leveled against the T?

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the requirement for wall bracing is based upon your local building code. a call to your building department can provide the answer to that question.

typically in my area we cover all exterior framing with sheathing which is our wall bracing. Sometimes we have to go a step farther with some holdown devices and metal connectors since we are in a hurricane prone region.

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Like GB said, it depends on location.

Here in California, you don't use cross bracing...we use shear walls. Typically it's 1/2 OSB or plywood rated Struct 1. Shear walls can take on several strengths...typically listed as A, B, C and D. The differences being in boundary nailing (nail spacing) and boundary wood. In the case of B and higher shear walls, bottom plates would need to be 3x or 4x...and edge studs 3x or 4x. Additionally, anchor spacing would increase.

Best I can tell....shear wall sheathing has replace cross bracing.

You don't have the earthquake issues we do...but you do have high winds.

Personally....full sheathing is the best way to go....very stiff...and it gives you a good surface to attach a vapor barrier to...and helps with noise.

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Can you put a diagnol brace on it when its on the ground?And once its stood up sheet one corner than take the brace off and sheet the rest.
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or you can do your wall panels in small enough sections to square it and sheath it on the ground and then lift into place. your top member of your double top plate is what joins the sections together.

its a lot easier to move sheathing and square a wall laying down than standing up, in my opinion.
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I didn't have much help and couldn't make the wall too heavy. I also needed to have access thru the walls after they were up. So I did it the way scottktmrider suggested.

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