After much research, Steph decided that the garage organization system, FastTrack, by Rubbermaid was the one she wanted to use in her garage.
1. Determine what needs to be organized and where you will place the tracks. Purchase the tracks, hooks and mounting hardware. Check the big box hardware store or easily order online. The tracks come in 32, 48 and 84" lengths and there are a wide variety of hooks available.
2. With the track location determined and pencil line drawn, find the wall studs. Each length rail has it's own requirement. Check the instructions that come on every package. The track needs to start and end on a stud.
Every wall is framed with vertical pieces of wood typically located 16" apart. These are called studs. The dry wall (the outer part of the wall) is attached to the studs with metal screws, which brings us to our new favorite tool: the magnetic stud finder!
4. Hold up the track and level it—mark where the screws are to be screwed into the studs, and additionally, mark halfway between the studs for the wall anchors.
3. Move the stud finder in “s” formation and when it finds a screw it sticks—that is the center of the stud—mark it. Find and mark all remaining needed studs.
5. Use a 1/8" drill bit, drill the holes for the stud screws. The anchor holes are made with a 3/8" drill bit. Insert the anchor hardware. Use the black tool included with the hardware pack to push open the anchors.
6. Put the track back up, centering over the pre-drilled holes and attach the screws. Start on each end first—don’t tighten until you’ve attached them all.
Steph & Vicki
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