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When installing blocking that is staggered, you can end-nail it. But what about when it's important for the blocking to be in a straight line?

For example, when you want to support butted-edges of sheet goods.

How should the blocking be fastened?

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what kind of sheet goods you talking about over framing lunber? – shirlock homes May 16 '12 at 22:27
In this case, 3/4" T&G Plywood subfloor over 2x joists. – Jay Bazuzi May 17 '12 at 1:03

Toe nailing is usually the easiest (provided you're using an nail gun).

If you want to get fancy, you could end-nail every other one, then use L-brackets for the ones in between (nail the bracket to the blocking so that and then nail the bracket into the studs):

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Either I should have said "no nail gun" or I should buy a nail gun! – Jay Bazuzi May 16 '12 at 17:23
@Jay you should ABSOLUTELY buy a nail gun! That's the entire reason for owning a house! ;) (On a more serious note, I took me years before I 'saw the light' and caved to get a compressor and nail gun set up. It really is a much better way to work.) – DA01 May 16 '12 at 17:25
I don't live in a house, ha ha. My friend is storing a compressor with me, so I'm 1/2-way there. Hmm. – Jay Bazuzi May 16 '12 at 17:26
If you had a nail gun, you could BUILD A HOUSE! C'mon man, work with me here...I'm trying to help find you a good excuse to get one. ;) – DA01 May 16 '12 at 17:34
@DA01 can I quote you on the reason to own a house? My wife isn't convinced... – The Evil Greebo May 16 '12 at 17:43

You could put a double block in every other stud bay.Stagger the blocks so you can get good use of your new nailgun.Then go back and nail a second block (more use of the new tool) on top of the lower block to give you a nice straight nailing surface.

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