I am going to make and hang a pot rack. I estimate the finished product
will weigh 40#. Plus the weight of the pans, probably another 50#.
I want to hang it by making saddles that span two trusses. They are on 24"
centers. The length of the rack would be about 4 ft. The saddles would be
put on top of the trusses in the attic, and they would be long enough so
that they stretched from truss to truss.
Anyone done this? Any help would be appreciated.
Since you have attic access, it should be pretty straight-
Start by marking and drilling your attachment points in the
ceiling from below. Drill 5/16" holes. Will need a helper
to hold the rack in position while you mark.
Assuming you'll have four attachment points, use four 2x4s
on edge to span the trusses (using four allows for each to
be adjusted to the correct location). Cut them a bit longer
than 24" (32-36" should be fine) so they can be set at an
angle if need be, and to allow for final adjustments.
Drill a 5/16" hole thru the 2x4s. If you want the mount to
be extra strong, drill it in the vertical dimension (the 3
1/2" dimension). Finding the appropriate location may
require a plumb bob. Use 1/4" threaded rod, nuts, and
washers to make your drop thru the ceiling and attach the
rack. There's no need to attach the 2x4s to the trusses
(assuming you're setting them on the horizontal portion of
Snug the rack up to the ceiling from the _attic_ side to
prevent excess thread from showing at the rack. Avoid over-
tightening to the point of crushing the ceiling material.
Well said, Mark.
At 40#, each all thread will carry +/- 10#, I think the 2x4's in the flat
will be sufficient.
You could use Unistrut if that were easier to come by or work with.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Thank you for caring enough to do it right. Doubt that you will ever have a
problem. At customer insistence and with waiver of liability I have hung
several of these using nothing more than the plant hooks sold at Wally
world, supported just by the drywall (3/16" toggles). I really hated doing
it but I have had no call-backs. I have even been back in the homes as much
as a year later and observed no problems.
Go ahead and do it right.
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