Another reason to stay away from plywood products.
It was always my framers responsibility to get the house in the “dry”…matter of fact before any other trades comes in, especially electrical, the house had to be in the dry.
While your layout stick is novel (you better patten that…lol)…I don’t see it being practical except for a home whose length is short but you take a ranch that is 60 - 80 feet in length, your going to have problems…especially with drywall. Being that most products are in multiples of 2’ or 4’ you would have to add some additional nailers along the way. At one time I had some documentation where engineers were discussing the nominal thickness of 2x’s…from going to 2 inches, to 1 7/8 to the present 1 1/2 we have today. Considering the APA says to allow 1/4 where there is the liklihood of inclimate weather that means the sheathing is not resting on 1/2 inch of lumber…I’m not engineer but I know we have a problem Houston.
Anyway, I do find it interesting to work with various tradesmen, especially carpenter, from around the country. My favorite employer was from Boston, Mass…he was a true craftsman. We practially did everything (no mechanicals)…from surveying, digging footers, pouring basements, framing, roofing, insulation, drywall, painting, trim, exterior veneers, flooring, landspacing, pouring driveways etc. It was from him that I modeled my contracting business after…which probably accounts for me having a hard time letting go of the working side of the business…of course age and having a sore back is rectifying that right now. I especially loved roof framing…the more complicated the funner it was.
Anyway, have you used Advantech OSB…I swear by the product. I have been using it since it came out however from time to time I like to test new products on my spec homes. I did an upper end home on a golf course where I used Edge Gold on the the first floor and Advantech on the second. It was a large home so the Advantech was pounded with rain and snow…yet it outperformed Edge Gold by leaps and bounds. I have literally had 1 1/2 inches of standing water (didn’t cut out the door plates) on advantech for about 5 days…not one edge was ever swelled.
I know around here plywood is cheaper however its just not worth it…too many problems with delaminating and swelled edges.
As you know, with any home it is important to let the home dry out and specially roofing components. I can attribute many shingle defects to moisture…be it the decking and or felt was wet during installation or the shingles themselves were wet which as you know one of the main reasons that shingles blister (moisture trying to escape).
H-clips have been around at leating going back to the 70’s…I have not seen them on any home built from the 60’s and earlier. I personally like stick framing…its often cheaper and better…not to mention installing h-clips on a steep roof is always a pain in the butt.
I would be interested in knowing how you accounted for the extra spacing on other materials such as drywall and even insulation. Im sure you drywallers often cursed you behind your back. lol