Where Do You Want the Blocking?
Five tradesmen weigh in on where to put solid blocking for stair skirts, grab-bar anchors, and everything else the code leaves out
Code-required blocking is one thing, but many builders would say tell you that there’s plenty of helpful blocking not required by code. Veteran tradesmen Ed Cunha, Myron R. Ferguson, Mike Guertin, Gary M. Katz, and Clifford Popejoy outline the not-code-required blocking they like to see when they’re doing finish carpentry, plumbing, drywall, and electrical work. Whether it’s in the kitchen for hanging wall cabinets or a built-in microwave, in the bathroom for attaching grab bars, or in the living room for fireplace surrounds and wainscoting, the right blocking can make a big difference.