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Installing Wall Blocking

Q: I'm building some walls for a basement rec room that will be covered with vertical paneling. How should I install the horizontal blocking that supports it?
—Sean Smith, Cincinnati, OH

A: 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.
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