I'm getting ready to install a horizontal wood rack in my garage.
The wall is 2x4 studs with 5/8" sheetrock covering the studs. I'm
using the steel standards similar to what Lee Valley sells. The
instructions that came with the standards recommend not installing
over sheetrock as it may compromise the overall strength of the unit.
I'm planning to set the 4 standards (32" OC as the studs are 16" OC)
with the base of them resting on the concrete floor and anchoring them
with 3/8 x 3 1/2 lag bolts into the studs. I'm wondering if this is
not a good idea. I don't want to remove the sheetrock yet also don't
want a few hundred BF of wood to come crashing down. I'm thinking
most of the load should be supported by the standard resting on the
floor with the studs supporting most of the cantilever load. Will
this work ok or am I destined to remove the sheetrock?
cubc at comcast dot net
I think Lee Valley might be warning against the standards
compressing into the face of the rock. You could first
attach strapping (1X4 stock) behind each standard and that
would prevent the standard from compressing the rock.
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