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Tech Team - Kayak SUP 2 Boat Overhead Hangers

Paddle boards, boats, kayaks, etc. can present unique storage situations. This is where the Tech Team #749 Overhead Rack System, which stores 2 units, can be a huge benefit. The Tech Team #749 Overhead Storage Rack is designed to securely support 2 paddleboards, SUP’s, surfboards, or kayaks overhead in a typical residential garage venue. The rack system can support 250 lbs. evenly distributed. However, the weight bearing capacity of the system to a great degree is a function of what it is mounted to and how well it is mounted. For example, should you try to mount the system to dry wall using dry wall anchors and/or toggles, you could expect a very unhappy situation to develop, as whatever you put on the rack will end up on the floor or possibly on top of your vehicles. It is important to pay close attention to correct preparation and installation of the rack. Ceiling beams, joists, or rafters in a typical residential garage can be expected to be made from 2 x 6, 2 x 8, 2 x 10, or 2 x 12 lumber. What this means in practice is that the actual width of the beam or joist is 1 ½” (the 2” is nominal). This alone will not give you enough purchase to support an overhead racking system. What you need to do is securely anchor a 2 x 6 or 2 x 8 mounting board across at least 3, but preferably 4 of the ceiling rafters. The piece of lumber will be 90° to the ceiling beams. Preferably you would use an 8’ or 10’ length, anchoring it with 3-4 #8 x 3” screws at each ceiling beam intersection. In other words, using between 12-16 screws total. This will provide a solid strong base for anchoring the rack and the ability to set the spacing between the racks at any distance you choose. If your ceiling beams run in the opposite direction, then the correct solution is to mount 2 2 x 6 or 2 x 8’s across 2 of the rafters, once again using 3-4 #8 x 3” screws at each connection point at distances that make sense for the spacing of your brackets.