Figure 1-36.Types of bracing.
nailed between the sill and soleplate. Additional cripple
requirement is an outside wall covered with structural
studs may be placed under each end of the sill.
sheathing nailed according to building specifications.
This type of wall does not require bracing.
Diagonal bracing is most effective when installed at
a 45° to 60° angle. You can do this after the wall has
Diagonal bracing is necessary for the lateral
been squared and still lying on the subfloor. The most
strength of a wall. In all exterior walls and main interior
widely used bracing system is the 1 by 4 let-in type, as
partitions, bracing should be placed at both ends (where
shown in figure 1-36. The studs are notched so that the
possible) and at 25-foot intervals. An exception to this
1 by 4 piece is flush with the surface of the studs.