TM 55-607/NAVSEA OP 3221 Rev 2
Figure 6-7. Basic blocking for metal deck.
b. Bracing. Bracing is the act of installing a wood member or structure so that it extends from a deck, bulkhead, or
overhead to the stow and strengthens the blocking by supporting it in a horizontal direction. Figures 6-8 and 6-9 illustrate
basic methods of bracing. Kickers, relatively short lengths of lumber nailed horizontally, add rigidity to the uprights and
braces. Kickers are either nailed to the deck or wedge fitted to a bulkhead. In both cases, it should be noted that the
structure extends slightly higher than the unit load and along the full width.