Originally Posted By: roconnor
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Using the IRC as a guide, a 48" wide panel would be required without any special connections. With some additional nailing along blocked panel edges and additional anchor bolts at the panel, that width can be reduced to 2'-8" (covered by IRC R602.10.4 and R602.10.6).
Some manufacturers make special reinforced panels (e.g. Simpson "Strong-Brace Wall" panel) that can be used to reduce the width down to like 16" to 18", but thats a special "alternate design" not covered by the model codes ... CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE
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