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Mar. 25th, 2006 @ 07:54 am Moving Along
I've gotten half the house insulated this week and started covering up the last of the shear walls.

I'll need to figure out this weekend how much sheetrock to get and try and find someone to do the finish and primer on it and I'll be able to start doing the floors.

Shear Walls in the Guest Suite

Other Side

Top Floor
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From:terrilyn
Date:March 25th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Why plywood then sheetrock?
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From:senseless
Date:March 25th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)

Hurricanes

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The plywood is a shear wall.

All the walls that are perpendicular to an outside wall have one side covered in plywood which is glued and nailed. It has a lot of strength along its length and I then have them bolted to the bottom of the house with those long bolts. Most of the interior walls of the house are built that way so it is like a bunch of shipping containers. It's not very likely that a hurricane would flatten the house, a tornado might, and the siding and shingles would get ripped up but the things inside the house would most likely still be there after a bad storm. It also protects the bottom floor of the house which should be safe evenin a tornado.

It just seems if I'm going to live where these storms are and I am doing the work myself I may as well make it as stout as I can.
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From:terrilyn
Date:March 25th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Hurricanes

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Aye, that would make a bit of sense.

Guess you're not so senseless after all!