I removed rotted subfloor plywood in powder room. I have engineered floor truss joists at irregular spacing. Question, I need to add blocking but the top of the joist is a 2x4 laying flat. Can I block with other 2x4s laying flat? Goal is to pour backer board and then tile.enter image description here enter image description here

  • It seems that blocking is not necessary for these truss joists. fabcotruss.com/_images//117.gif Is the spacing so irregular that there is not enough support at the joints of plywood subfloor? Maybe a splicing strip under the plywood joints would do what is needed, that is attached to the two sides of the subfloor pieces, but not to the trusses? Jan 16, 2017 at 11:41
  • I just added a photo. I need block for the replacement plywood floor sheath
    – Chris
    Jan 16, 2017 at 15:56
  • Subfloor panels are normally connected with tongue-and-groove joints. OP is trying to replicate the rigidity that this would have provided.
    – isherwood
    Jan 16, 2017 at 17:06
  • I added a new photo. So far I've only screwed/glued one 2x4 block to prep for another 2x4 short side up. Thank you everyone for the helpful comments.
    – Chris
    Jan 16, 2017 at 18:19

2 Answers 2


Along the wall at the top of your photo, simply cut blocks that fit snugly between the trusses and toenail them in place.

In the field, float blocks under the edge of the remaining subfloor and screw them through the subfloor. Toenail them once that's done.

At the right wall, lay a flat 2x4 atop the stiffback and under the subfloor for at least 4-6". Screw and glue it to both.

At the left wall you have more of a challenge. In hindsight you might've left a fringe of subfloor along the wall to reconnect to. As it stands, you'll have to block up from the trusses somehow. I can't see what's behind the insulation and wall, so it's difficult to be specific.

The critical factor here is that the subfloor panels are connected at the seams. It's not as critical that the blocks are attached to the trusses where they're perpendicular, though that's not a bad thing. Along the wall it's more important that they be connected to the joists because you can't connect them to the adjacent sheet.

Install all sheets using construction adhesive and ring-shank nails or screws and you'll have a very solid subfloor.

  • I added another photo
    – Chris
    Jan 16, 2017 at 20:18
  • Answer updated, but it's still not entirely clear what you can do there. Is any of it accessible from below or from adjacent rooms?
    – isherwood
    Jan 16, 2017 at 21:55

From the picture it appears you have cut out an L-shaped section of the plywood subfloor which formerly extended over the truss joist which is under the partition opposite the toilet. So I suppose the sistering you contemplate is along the wall opposite the toilet. And the blocking would be along the wall to the right of the toilet (where the toilet paper dispenser is) and also under the edges of the plywood sheets.

Gluing and screwing a sistered 2 x 2 or 2 x 4 flat should provide bearing for the new plywood, but I'm not knowledgeable on framing of this sort.

The blocking might best be fastened with Simpson Strong Tie right angles screwed into the top chords of the truss joists.

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