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APA: Importance Of Structural Wall Sheathing As Wall Covering
Engineered Wood Association technical note on Understanding Importance of Structural Wall Sheathing as a Wall Covering provides information on wind loads and minimum wall design wind pressures. Updated November 2008. Free site registration required.

Building Science: Evolution Of Wall Systems And Air Gaps
Building Science provides a short history of the evolution of walls and sheathing in residential construction, and offers tips on installing various components of walls that work to properly drain and dry moisture.

APA: Nail-Base Sheathing For Siding & Trim Attachment
Engineered Wood Association guide Nail-Base Sheathing for Siding and Trim Attachment provides an easy method for determining the type and spacing of siding fasteners to satisfy building code requirements when using wood structural panel sheathing as a nail base for siding and trim. Free site registration required.

Builder Magazine: 6 Steps To Sheathing Success
Builder magazine says OSB's dimensional stability, consistency, sustainability, and wide availability have made it a popular choice for wall sheathing. It describes six strategies to follow to ensure a successful sheathing job underneath the siding.

Fine Homebuilding: The Horizontal vs. Vertical Sheathing Debate
Fine Homebuilding says if all we’re talking about is shear, where the load is parallel to the wall, there’s no difference in performance between vertical sheathing and horizontal sheathing with the edges blocked. But that’s just part of the story.

GBA: Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing A Risk?
Green Building Advisor discusses whether or not, if you build a very thick wall, your sheathing will stay cold and wet.
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