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You have a complicated question here and the best (and most legally-correct) answer will probably come from talking to your local building inspector. Preferably before a lot of work has already been done... First, the question of which building code is even applicable is not clear to me. The International Residential Code ("IRC") only applies for 1- and ...


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According to Table R602.3(1) of the International residential code (IRC), you have to use two 16d (3 1/2" x 0.135") fasteners to end nail the top or sole plate to a stud. If the studs were toe nailed to the sole plate, then either three 8d (2 1/2" x 0.133") or two 16d (3 1/2" x 0.135") fasteners would be required. International Residential Code 2012 ...


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Your sketch is more or less what I pictured. I'd make a few adjustments: The primary stress will be at the points where the diagonals connect to the end studs. The entire horizontal load vector of the wall's contents is supported there. I'd double the end studs. Bring those connections up to at least half the wall height. I'd even go to 2/3 to reduce the ...



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