Exterior Wall Sheathing. 

Step by step instructions on installing exterior wall sheathing.... 

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Installing exterior wall sheathing.

 

With the exterior walls plumb, square, and brace, it’s time to sheathe them. You can apply wood

sheathing vertically or horizontally. Vertical wood sheathing may be a good choice on 8 foot high

walls where you have a nailing surface along all four edges of the plywood sheathing. On most walls,

how ever, where the inside height is 8 feet and you need to fill in strips to make up for joist framing

and the like, vertical application compromises the superb racking resistance of plywood and OSB

sheathing. Installing fill strips between full horizontal sheathing panel maintains racking resistance.

One - half- inch CDX plywood is the most common for sheathing. When sheathing walls, it’s easiest

to sheath right over the rough openings that you created within your stud framing. When you’re

finished sheathing you can mark the openings and cut them out.

 

 

 

 

1. Installing the ½- OSB sheathing. When laying out panels, leave a 1/8-inch gap between the long

edges of the panel and a 1/16- inch gap where panel ends meet to allow room for the panel’s natural

expansion. Using 6d nails for panel thickness of ½-inch or less and 8d nails for panel thickness of

more than ½-inch, nail through the panel into the studs, all the way around the panel. Space the nail

6 inches on center around the outside edge, and 12 inches on center along the plywood’s interior.

Never nail all four corners before nailing the interior, because this can lead to bulges.

 

 

2. In horizontal applications, if the OSB sheathing doesn’t quite reach the top of the wall, you’ll

need a strip of filler plywood. Don’t install this strip across the top of the wall, where the top plate to

plywood nailing is essential for stabilizing the structure. Instead, install this strip in the middle of the

wall. For each rough opening, drive a nail from inside through the sheathing at the four corners. Use

these nails to locate a chalk line on the outside of the sheathing. Snap a line connecting the corners to

create a box, and use the circular saw to cut out the opening.

 

 

 

 

 

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