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.