Hi All - Does anyone know the best way or what type of bracker/hanger
to hang a heavy duty extension ladder (12ft closed, weighs around 50lbs
+) on a garage wall which is sheet rock. The only thing I came across
are these types of hangers (see link), but they don't seem to give
much support. These would presumably just go in the sheet rock because
I could not manually screw these into a stud and I would be afraid
they would tear out over time and come crashing down on my auto. Any
other recommendations would be most appreciated.
The sheetrock will not hold those brackets, they are designed to
be screwed into the studs. They may require predriling with a
smaller lead bit.
A couple of well placed 16d nails driven into the studs and left
sticking out will work.
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You would have to screw these into a stud. Why you could not
'manually' screw them into a stud is yet to be clarified, are you just
physically weak, or is there another reason (like the studs are
Nothing, repeat nothing will hold a load screwed into sheetrock.
Whatever you use must be attached to studs for strength, else it will
fall on you or your car. Probably both at the same time.
The type of hanger you found would work fine, you just have to screw them
into the studs behind the sheetrock. The sheetrock itself won't hold
anything. Use a stud finder to locate the studs, then predrill some holes a
bit smaller than the hanger your using. Maybe rub a little soap on the
threads for lubrication, and screw them in. You'll probably have enough
leverage with just the "L" shape of the hanger to screw them in by hand, or
you can use a pair of pliers or vice grips to gain a little more torque.
In the past, I made my own ladder hanger brackets out of wood, reinforced
with plywood on the sides. I lagged these into the studs. A bit of work,
but I had the spare lumber laying around and they didn't cost me anything.
In my garage, I didn't want to lose the wall space it takes to hang a large
ladder, so I built cabinets that mount to the wall, and the ladder gets
stowed underneath. It has worked very well for me. I've uploaded a photo
I store my shorter extension and step ladders upright, leaning against a
wall in a corner. They're easy to access and I lose very little wall space
If all else fails, a trip to your local home center or hardware store will
open up lots of brackets and hangers made for storing ladders.
Some heavier and of size shelf brackets may work, as well as some mailbox
support brackets off the shelf. Making suitable brackets for holding a
ladder on the wall is rather simple. Irregardless, all must be mounted to
the wall studs, not the sheetrock. The sheetrock may be penetrated to reach
such a stud. Lag bolt and washer with 1" or more penetration in the stud is
suggested for hardware using a shelf bracket. You will need more than 2 to
support 50 lbs without flex.
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