|Review by Jimi_C||posted 07-04-2011 12:55 AM||3417 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I just got done installing this and loading it up, so I thought I’d post a quick review. I saw Woodcraft had these on sale, and I was sick of having all my lumber on my basement floor, so I went and bought two. The instructions recommend a 4-6’ distance between racks, but I wanted to be able to store some shorter lumber on them so I spaced them every other stud, for ~ 32” and a total width of 8’. Each pair is rated at 100lbs per level, so this should give me the ability to hold 200lbs per level for longer boards.
Assembly was the most frustrating part. The racks simply slide down over the standards, and are held at each level with a set screw. The screw doesn’t attach the metal, the brace just rests on it via gravity. Those screws were the pain point – some of the holes were either not correctly drilled, or some of the screws were low quality because on 3 of them the threads actually folded over preventing the screw from grabbing and advancing. I had to take a file to the threads to remove the bent part, which was very frustrating. Once they were all assembled, attaching them to the wall was simple – just used three 1/4” x 4” hex-head lag bolts for each rack, making sure to hit the center of a stud (pre-drilled with a slightly undersized bit to prevent splitting). A spacer keeps the rack slightly off the wall, so there’s actually about 1.5” followed by 1/2” of drywall – leaving about 2” of lag bolt in the stud. I figure with three of them per upright, that should be plenty of grabbing power since I don’t actually plan on loading up 200lbs of wood per level.
The only downside is the fact that I got these racks for a recent Craigslist score (picture of my SUV loaded up). Unfortunately, the lumber I already had in my basement nearly filled it up! I could easily use two more sets, and I would definitely buy these again. If it weren’t for the issues with the set screws, I’d give this a 5/5, especially at just $40 per pair while on sale.
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