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> John Fulginiti wrote:
> 
> A contractor asked me if he can cut shear wall blocking 1/4 inch short
> each end
> to make it easier to fit between the studs.  I always assumed it was
> installed tight.
> 
> Any opinions?
> 
> Thanks .
> 
> John Fulginiti
> Spokane, Wa

	A question to answer a question..... I had always though that blocking
in a shearwall (and non-shearwalls) was an integral part that prevented
stud buckling.  If you set the blocking in loose, all you have is the
nailing in the plywood.  Maybe that's enough?

Jake Watson, E.I.T.
Salt Lake City, UT