Shear Walls

Why Some Shear Walls Fail

Shear Failure:

  • Improper soleplate anchorage.
  • Improper mailing of shear element (i.e. plywood, gypsum board, stucco).
  • Tearing of shear element.

Drag Failure:

  • Missing/inadequate top plate straps.
  • Insufficient top plate splice.
  • Undersized top plate.

Potential Damage:

  • Cracked finishes.
  • Water intrusion.
  • Ruptured plumbing and gas lines.
  • Partial or total collapse of framing.

Proper Design/Construction: 

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