Tips for Installing a Wall Pot Rack

Christmas gifts that become part of your home are special because you get to enjoy them all year long, and for many years to come. Often, our family and close friends know exactly what we want and they get it for us. Sometimes, though, we have to purchase what we need for ourselves. Home improvements usually fall into the latter category. If you have invested in a wall mounted pot rack for yourself this holiday season, congratulations! It will look wonderful-as soon as it is properly installed!

Whether you have purchased a small, wooden model, or a 48 inch wrought iron rack, you need to follow the same steps and heed the same advice. The most important word is MEASURE-MEASURE-MEASURE. Without measuring correctly, you will run the risk of poorly securing the rack into the ceiling or wall, and it will ultimately come crashing down.

A wall mounted pot rack is supported by screws inserted into holes in its frame and then then the screws are secured into the wall in your room. The following steps should be followed for this process:

-select the wall area where you would like to hang the rack,

-use a stud finder to locate the wall joists, or wood studs, in your selected wall. Lightly mark these locations with a pencil,

-measure the distance between these studs,

-measure the distance between the mounting holes on the rack,

-if the distance between the holes is the same as the distance between the studs, you will be able to easily hang the rack in this area. Continue these directions. (if the distance between the holes does not match the distance between the studs, go to * *)

- measure down from the ceiling over one stud to the place where you want to mount the rack and make a pencil mark. Measure this same distance from the ceiling on the next stud and make another pencil mark. These marks indicate where you will drill holes for the screws to mount the rack.

-using the wood screws that came with your pot rack, use a power drill to start a small hole at each mark. Then, pick up the rack and position the mounting hole over the wall hole and use the drill to insert the screw securely in the wall's wood stud. Do the same for the other hole.

* * when attaching a pot rack directly to the wall's sheet rock, much more care needs to be taken to make the wall stronger and able to hold the weight of a rack and pots and pans. Here are three possible solutions: 1. Mount a nice looking wooden backing board to the wall, a so that it attaches directly to the studs in the wall. Then, attach the rack to this board (this is preferred over 2 and 3); 2. Attach the pot rack to the sheet rock using sheet rock anchors. Try to do this for only one side and have the other side hit a stud; 3. Mount the rack to the sheet rock where both holes are drilled into the sheet rock and toggles or molly bolts are used to mount the rack securely.

When deciding exactly where you want to hang a pot rack, you also need to keep in mind that pots and pans will be hanging from this rack. If you are hanging the rack over your cook stove, make sure it is high enough to give you room to use the stove. If the rack has a bookshelf attached to it, make sure that the shelf is not too high for you to reach the items that you place on it. If the pot rack is on a wall next to your dining table, make sure it is not in the way of people sitting at the table.

Most companies supply the appropriate screws and toggles needed to hang their products. Before you start your project, make sure you have what you need for your home and your rack application. Check the directions to make sure you have the right tools and screws for your type of wall area. Pre planning and measuring before installing a pot rack will help ensure that it can provide the storage you need securely and safely, as well as attractively. Enjoy your gift to yourself!

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