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    Wall Surf Rack

    So, I am converting our second bedroom into our baby-to-be's nursey/room. So, I have to empty out my man cave that is filled with dozens of surfboards, golf clubs, snowboards and everything else that is awesome... I am putting most of it outside in our patio storage closet, but I simply dont have enough room for all the boards.

    I have had a 6 board wall rack sitting in my closet that I never mounted. I figure I want to mount it in our master bedroom over on my side of the room and keep my top 6 boards from the quiver there, and keep the rest in the storage shed. Its the standard stained wood back, with 6 pipes sticking out with the foam covering on them. Same as you see in the shops...

    So can I just drill this thing into the drywall, or do I need to go buy a stud finder and all that and mount it into a wood stud? There wont be too much downward pressure on it once its mounted, so im not sure how much stability it requires.

    Or do you recommend trying to plug the drywall with one of those little plastics coverings and then drill a screw into that?

    Any advice on the wall rack mounting?

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    Hey Zach,Make sure its mounted real secure or you'll learn the hardway like I did.Wasn't too fun after a session and hanging my board on the wall walking away ,hearing a smash and seeing my $800 board laying on the hardwood floors.

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    Zach,

    There are many different manufactures that produce mounting systems for drywall but when it comes down to it, the rack really should be secured to the studs behind the drywall.

    Finding studs is fairly simple if you are living in a "standard" built house with studs every 16" on center. Some different ways of finding studs are looking for outlets and electrical boxes (they are attached to the side of a stud) and then knocking on the wall with your knuckle. Which ever side has a solid sounding knock verses a hollow knock will be your stud. From there you can measure every 16" away from the outlet and you should have a stud there. Just knock around a little bit and you should be able to tell. You can also use a power drill with a very small drill bit, plunge a little hole and if you hit wood, you have found it! It's harder to measure of off corners, windows, or doors because often times there will be non-regular spacing.

    Another option with your rack would be to mount it horizontally that way you could stand your boards up. You might be able to fit more boards that way.

    Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S2Kreative View Post
    Zach,

    There are many different manufactures that produce mounting systems for drywall but when it comes down to it, the rack really should be secured to the studs behind the drywall.

    Finding studs is fairly simple if you are living in a "standard" built house with studs every 16" on center. Some different ways of finding studs are looking for outlets and electrical boxes (they are attached to the side of a stud) and then knocking on the wall with your knuckle. Which ever side has a solid sounding knock verses a hollow knock will be your stud. From there you can measure every 16" away from the outlet and you should have a stud there. Just knock around a little bit and you should be able to tell. You can also use a power drill with a very small drill bit, plunge a little hole and if you hit wood, you have found it! It's harder to measure of off corners, windows, or doors because often times there will be non-regular spacing.

    Another option with your rack would be to mount it horizontally that way you could stand your boards up. You might be able to fit more boards that way.

    Hope this helps!
    Awesome. I will do it the old fashion way with the knuckle knock. I plan on mounting it horizontally so the boards stand up. That is how it was designed. I just hope the two screw holes on the mounting match up with both studs. I will at least be able to match up with one. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodVibes View Post
    Hey Zach,Make sure its mounted real secure or you'll learn the hardway like I did.Wasn't too fun after a session and hanging my board on the wall walking away ,hearing a smash and seeing my $800 board laying on the hardwood floors.
    DAMN! That is terrible. Very good point.

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    One thought, depending on how much you are mounting, you could also run a stud along the wall on the outside to mount your rack. That way, you are locked into a stud and you can also paint / stain the outside stuck to match the room. Good luck

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    I am gonna be buying a set of racks too to mouth my boards Horizonally. I planned on getting the T-Rax 5 board rack . Just make sure you find studs to mount your and use good length screws at least 2 and a half inches to get a good bite into the stud and you should be fine

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    I have a T-rax and highly recommend them. I had to frame in my own studs in the basement and have no issues with stability. Prior to rack i had issues with dings on the tail from standing them up and leaning them against the wall. Its well worth the money to invest in a good rack and to install them properly.

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    Weird this topic came up today, i just built a wall rack in my garage this afternoon. I had been thinking about buying some racks, but instead decided i could build some for way less $$. Cost me 40 bucks at home depot, + some scrap lumber i already had.

    I've got 11 boards and a windsurfer in there, with some room to spare....


    [IMG] photo by epidemicepic1, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    and yes, i'd say its very important to securely fasten your rack to the studs.