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Section 1705 Added Studs
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Along a platform framed gable end wall where an existing stud is longer than 3 feet (914 mm) and the distance (centerline to centerline) between that stud and an adjacent stud that is also longer than 3 feet (914 mm) is greater than 221/2 inches (572 mm), an added stud shall be installed. This requirement also applies to the top truss of a piggyback truss assembly. The length of the stud shall be the maximum length of the stud itself exclusive of the depth of the top chord and bottom chord members. If an existing stud is interrupted by other members, such as by a diagonal in a truss with a gable end, it shall include retrofit stud sections above and below the interrupting member to provide continuity from the top of the bottom chord to the bottom of the top chord of the gable end framing, or wood structural members shall be added to provide this continuity. If a lateral brace is being omitted, as allowed in Section 1707.4.1, then the existing or added stud shall not be required to be continuous from an interruption to the location of the omitted lateral brace. Added studs shall have at minimum the same narrow and wide face dimensions as the existing studs.
In the case of conventional framing, each end of each required added stud shall be attached to the top and bottom plates. In the case of truss construction, each end of each required added stud shall be attached to the top and bottom chord of the truss. Attachments shall be made by attaching a stud-to-plate metal connector with minimum uplift capacity of 175 pounds (79 kg) fastened with 11/2-inch long fasteners complying with Table 1703.5.