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R602.3.3 Bearing Studs
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Where joists, trusses or rafters are spaced more than 16 inches (406 mm) on center and the bearing studs below are spaced 24 inches (610 mm) on center, such members shall bear within 5 inches (127 mm) of the studs beneath.
- The top plates are two 2-inch by 6-inch (38 mm by 140 mm) or two 3-inch by 4-inch (64 mm by 89 mm) members.
- A third top plate is installed.
- Solid blocking equal in size to the studs is installed to reinforce the double top plate.