10'+ tall. I do have a 6' crosscut saw that might be able to cut it, if
there was a way to set it on blocks to do the cutting, assuming I could
last long enough for the 4 cuts needed, and find someone, or several
someones, foolish enough to run the other end of the saw.
I used the 12 inch grey painted brackets that screw directly to the
wall and ment to hold shelves. They are $1.27 or so at the borg.
Placed ever other stud they will hold a lot of weight. I have three
rows of four each of these and they are holding over 1/2 load of a
small pickup truck of oak. Of course they are not adjustable but the
price is right.
Some extra information about this rack system
This is the same type supports that the telephone companies use in their
manholes and offices to support cables.
They will hold a huge amount of weight and they use all different sizes of
the brackets, from the short 6" ones to
the longer 16 and longer.
You might check at any of the storerooms around your area and talk with any
of the foreman there to see if you
can scrounge through their metal scrap bins to salvage some of the thrown
away hangers and uprights.
Once they pull them out.. they are tossed and usually a scrap company comes
by once in a while and picks up
the scrap metal to get it out of their way
Some of the racks may have to be cleaned, but usually the galvanized metal
is in very good condition and can be salvaged and
A little looking around your local area's may get you a rack system like
this for the price of a little time only
With that in mind, check with some of the salvage yards also, They may be
one that is picking up the scrap matal and will
probably sell it by the pound rather cheeply
I work for the local telco, I park 20ft from the metal scrap bin. In
nine years I've scavenged a grand total of four of the longer wall
straps. Two were bent, all were mangled on the ends when they were
driven into the ground as temporary supports while splicing damaged
cables. I've found two short 4" brackets - I think someone cleaned out
their truck and tossed what they never used. This is an excellent
system, but once installed in a manhole or cable vault, it stays in
place just about forever. I got mine from Lee Valley. Prices are
about the same at the various woodworking catalogs, but check prices
on shipping - these are VERY heavy.
If you get this system, take the time to level the brackets. I used a
straight edge across three or four at a time, first at the wall, and
again near the tips. At the wall, loosen the lag bolts and slide the
straps up or down, retighten the lag bolts. The angles on the
brackets can vary a bit, making a difference of a 1/4" or more at the
tip. Find the high tips, and lightly grind the back bottom edge where
it presses against the wall strap. Failure to establish a plane across
the brackets WILL result in wavy lumber.
I fastened a 1 x 4 to every other stud on one wall in my shop then
drilled holes to accept short pieces of 1/2" pipe. Drilled through
the 1 x 4, drywall, and about 1-1/2" into the stud. Stuck short
pieces of 1/2" pipe in and loaded it up. Drilled the holes at a
slight angle so to precamber for the load.
cost very little, works very well.
Wall has not fallen in yet.
On 11 Jul 2005 06:42:47 -0700, "shooter"
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