|Forum topic by Ken||posted 04-11-2015 05:09 AM||1471 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-11-2015 05:09 AM
There was a beam running across the garage ceiling as a support for the floor joists of the game room above. The beam is a pair of 2×12’s. Plenty strong. I lag bolted a 2×4 to the bottom of the beam, just because I needed a spacer which would allow more height for whatever I put on the shelf. I then lag bolted a 2×6 to the bottom of that. This gave me distance from the ceiling and support for the plywood shelf, and everything that was going to end up on it. This was the support for the back edge of the plywood. On the back wall I screwed a 1×2 cleat to the wall.
I then lag bolted electrical strut to the ceiling, 2 feet out from the beam, and suspended threaded rod with strut nuts. To the bottom of the rod I attached I-beam clips (pipe hangers) to support the front edge of the plywood shelf. Note: There are several style of these clips. The one in the attached picture was the best for my purposes. Others had odd angles that wouldn’t align perpendicular to the plywood, or different positions for the two threaded holes. I ended up finding the ones I wanted at a fastener distributor in town, which was half the price of the off-the-shelf clips at the big box store.
We have nearly 36 plastic “Sterlite” boxes up there. Each box is 12×18 x 24. Everything my wife stores is up there. And she was kind enough to put a big label on each one. We found some great deals on the boxes. You can pay an arm and a leg for these things if you don’t shop and if you don’t wait for a sale.
I still have 7 feet 1 inch overhead clearance under the shelves and have yet to find that to be a problem. In fact, on the bottom of the shelves I mounted several T-8 fluorescent light fixtures and haven’t smashed a bulb yet.