Retrofit studs shall be permitted to be spliced provided all of the following conditions are met.
- Retrofit studs shall be butted to one another at the splice joint and a minimum 4 foot (1219 mm) length of splice member shall be centered at the butt joint.
- Lumber splice members shall be nominal 2-inch lumber with the wide face width equal to or wider than the face width of the spliced retrofit studs.
- Splice members shall be attached to each of the retrofit stud members on each side of the splice with minimum 7 rows of 3 fasteners for a total of 21 fasteners. Rows of fasteners shall be minimum 23/4 inches (70 mm) from the end of the splice member, minimum 23/4 inches (70 mm) from the splice joint and ends of members, and spaced evenly along the 18-inch (457 mm) splice overlap between these two limits.