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Leadville, CO, US
On California Corners we've had backing problems for the exterior trim, so we've often had to use a "U" shaped corner to nail lap siding to on exteriors with corner boards.
I agree with Matt about studs on 24" centers. I'm a big fan of "everything stacked". 24" center studs make for stacked framing, from the roof trusses, rafters and wall studs, down to the floor joists, etc. At some point many years ago in Colorado we went from 2X4 framed walls 16" O.C., to 2X6 framed walls for more insulation space. But we stuck with the 16" O.C.! Not necessary! Besides being a waste of wood, that extra wood robs the wall of needed insulation space.
Matt should have addressed the horizontal blocking between the studs. One row flat to the sheathing, one row perpendicular. Nail blocking for the sheathing?
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