Boss received a 7' diameter, 175 lb antique ship's wheel for his 50th
birthday, now wants me to hang it on the wall in his office about 3 ft off
the floor. Walls are 5/8" drywall over 16 ga metal studs. Any ideas how to
take some 2 aby 4 's and make a frame or stand for it and then its
weight will be supported by the wood and the anchor bolts will hold this
contraption against the wall.... the wall along will not support this
with the metal studs... if he insist then ask him if you can take out an
insurance policy on him as its gonna fall sooner or later and maybe hit
Make a nice base, or one that is almost invisible. Use the base or bipod or
whatever to support the weight. Then use the wall to anchor to prevent
Or just tell him that it is "outside your area of expertise" and suggest he
call a contractor.
Attached to ship, anchored with an anchor and pier...
... Sorry - couldn't resist ;-)
See if there are building plans at local municipal office
where the building permit was obtained.
Study the plans for feasibility of tearing out gypsum and
replacing metal studs with wood ones.
Add single or doubled 2 X 8 or 2 X 10 blocking between the
studs, support blocking to the floor with trimmer studs like
they use to support headers over doors and windows in home
construction, MARK THE LOCATIONS and height or make
reference measurements to them so you will be able to find
them, then install new gypsum boards.
refinish the wall.
Install the wheel through the new wall board into the
blocking, on hindsight - evaluate how you will do this first
and if prudent, pre-install bolts into blocking so they will
protrude through the wall.
THEN take the other posters advice and get insurance on the
(please don't take the above seriously without consulting an
architect first <s>)
* ** Hitting send message against my better judgment
... ** *
Note that if it's seven feet in diameter, it must cross at least three studs,
and possibly as many as six, depending on stud spacing and placement of the
wheel with respect to the studs. Even with studs on 24" centers, it should be
possible to place the wheel so that it crosses four studs. This will place a
load of less than 45 pound on each stud; if the studs are on 16" centers, the
wheel can be placed so that its weight is supported by six studs, a load of
less than 30 pounds per stud.
This doesn't seem excessive to me.
[snip a couple good suggestions]
Ummm.... 7 + 3 = 10. Where did the other four feet come from?
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
Because one would want slightly more space above the object
than below it.
The original poster says this will not be done. It probably
will be redone to get it this way because it will look unappealing to
Thanks for all the replies.
Ceiling is 11' throughout our office area - top of wheel is 1' below
ceiling; bottom is 3' above floor.
I think I'll go with the suggestion of the poster who recommends re-framing
the wall with wood and will take that approach, as ducking a problem
(getting a contractor) always seems like the lazy approach to me
(everything's easy once you know how). Now all I need is a source for some
heavy duty brass or bronze hardware to actually hang this monster. Any
ideas? I'm thinking thick and polished hooks. According to my sailor boss,
blocking the shaft hole in the middle diminishes the appeal - I have to hang
it by the spokes.
Having read all the current replies, 3 or 4 toggles bolts with a suitable
bracket of some form will support this dead, static weigh with no problem. I
have hung at least that much weight on 4 toggles before. The problem is
finding something with eye appeal that will grasp the spokes. Post a
picture somewhere. and link to it.
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