I've decided to do insulation in my garage and am confused by these random seeming 2x4s that are screwed to one wall. Any structural reason they are just in that spot? Two car garage, and on the wall across from the door.

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  • I can't see the screws. Where are the boards actually fastened?
    – isherwood
    Dec 18, 2023 at 19:27
  • Torx screws through into the studs. The furthest left stud actually isn't attached, the board just flopping away
    – Dan
    Dec 18, 2023 at 19:29
  • I'll take your word for it, but the full-res photo gives no hint to the presence of any such screws. :)
    – isherwood
    Dec 18, 2023 at 19:32
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    @isherwood This obviously does not matter but I may have found some indications of screws on the back two studs. Not relevant to the question. Dec 19, 2023 at 14:33
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    Looks like the two lower boards are dirty as if they were stepped on over the years. Seems to be a makeshift ladder.
    – MonkeyZeus
    Dec 19, 2023 at 18:11

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No reason they have to be there. They were likely added for some sort of shelving or mount. Technically they do add some structural integrity as the framing of a house is quite flimsy without sheathing but there is already sheathing on the exterior wall.

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    I agree. Any actual brace in that position would look much different.
    – isherwood
    Dec 18, 2023 at 19:27
  • It's a fully detached garage if that makes a difference. Might have been for shelves but the garage was built during a flip so the contractor did this but nothing with it
    – Dan
    Dec 18, 2023 at 19:31
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    @Dan it's possible they used it as some sort of ladder to reach something above.
    – jesse_b
    Dec 18, 2023 at 19:33
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    @jesse_b or perhaps to hang things on for organizational purposes Dec 18, 2023 at 19:59
  • Yep, probably there to support something or hang something from.
    – Huesmann
    Dec 19, 2023 at 14:29

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