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Scojo

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02-22-2017 07:55 PM

I’m looking to add some storage to my garage so I can make room to get some work done. I’ve just purchased a new (old) home with vaulted ceilings in the garage. I’d like to run about a 4’ deep platform the width of the space (~24’). The platform would be mounted to the wall in the back and both ends, but I’m searching for the best way to support the front edge without installing posts beneath that would eat up floor space. I’ve been thinking chains/turnbuckles, but I’m curious if anyone has any better suggestions. I’ve attached a quick SketchUp of the space and where the platform will be located and how the beams are arranged for clarity.


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#1 posted 02-22-2017 09:54 PM

Works great, I hung an extra garage door panel over top my door. I used eye bolts through the door so could
level the door or tilt down to prevent stuff rolling of.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-22-2017 10:25 PM

Scojo, I don’t know about better, but another option would be to use thin cable (1/8” to 1/4”) with cable clamps through screw eyes. FWIW

-- Art

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#3 posted 02-23-2017 12:23 AM

You could try 3/8” – 1/2” all-thread rod. Easy to find/fabricate brackets to fit the rafters and easy to drill through the front edge of the shelf. A few nuts and washers and you’re in business.

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#4 posted 02-23-2017 01:20 AM

I used 1/8” X 1 1/2” X 3 ft flat bar on mine in my garage. Cut slit in SR and lag bolted it to ceiling joist. On one side (L shape shelves) made a 1/2 twist in flat bar to align with ceiling joist. Using threaded rod was gonna be my second choice.

-- Youngsville, LA

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#5 posted 02-23-2017 03:43 AM

http://www.harborfreight.com/bicycle-lift-95803.html
each set will support up to 50 lbs, you could either get some of these or use the concepts for your own design.

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#6 posted 02-23-2017 08:16 AM

I used the metal strap they use on bundles of lumber to support my shelves from the ceiling. The inch and a half wide stuff

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drcoelho

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#7 posted 02-23-2017 08:59 AM

i would recommend using unistrut. In my shop this has worked out very well, and you can reconfigure quite easily if you need to change your shelving.

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Scojo

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#8 posted 02-23-2017 04:31 PM



You could try 3/8” – 1/2” all-thread rod. Easy to find/fabricate brackets to fit the rafters and easy to drill through the front edge of the shelf. A few nuts and washers and you re in business.

- Snowbeast

Snowbeast – Thanks! Any suggestions on where to find brackets to attach to a 4” wide beam at an angle?

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#9 posted 02-23-2017 08:07 PM

How ‘bout just use 2X4s bolted top and bottom. Cheap and easy

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#10 posted 02-23-2017 09:38 PM

+1 on unistrut and all thread

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#11 posted 02-24-2017 12:25 AM

Try an ‘L’ bracket screwed into the side of the beam. Or get some angle iron and drill out your own. I attempt to keep things as simple as I can. If you knew me, you would understand! :)

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