|Norm Abram's Best Tricks of the Trade: Installing Wall Blocking|
David: Norm's Answer: Fitting lengths of 2x blocking between the studs is useful for paneling. It also helps stiffen tall walls and provides a solid base for attaching cabinets, towel bars, or other wall hardware in a bathroom or kitchen. Use these tricks to simplify the process.
Installing Wall Blocking: Step 1
1. Measure and cut each piece of blocking separately because there will be slight variations in the spaces between studs. To get accurate measurements, take them near the top or bottom of the wall; if you take them halfway up the wall, a bowed or loose stud will throw you off.
Installing Wall Blocking: Step 2
2. This trick will speed up the installation: Snap a level chalk line across the face of the wall where you want the blocking to go; now stagger the blocks above and below the line. This allows you to nail straight through the studs and into both ends of each block, which is much easier than toenailing them if they were in a straight line. If you need a continuous run of blocking—when hanging cabinets, for example—I like to notch a length of 2x material into the wall studs.