Surf Rack installation Tips

surf rack installation guides

These guidelines will address the most common methods used by most surf rack companies.

THE BASICS:.

  • KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR BOARD WEIGHS -

    (TIP): weigh yourself on a bathroom scale - then pick up the board and weigh the both of you - Subtract the two weights and the one left over is the board).

  • HOW DO YOU WANT THE BOARD TO SHOW?

    Deck out or fin out? Do you want your board with the fin facing the wall or the fin facing away from the wall ...or does it matter?

  • IS IT FOR SHOW OR GO?

    Do you use your board on a regular basis or are you takin' your big gun and retiring it to the walls of nostalgia?

  • FIND YOU WALL STUDS.

    Modern day houses were built with the studs every 16" apart. (TIP): if you don't have a stud finder and don't want to mark your wall with alot of smaller holes then look for the outlet on the wall as it's most likely attached to a stud).

  • Install Video for Hawaiian Gun Rack 25's, 50's and exotic surf racks.

    TIP: if you don't have a level ...then use your tape measure to get the distance from the ceiling to the top of the first rack ...move down to next attachment location and make your mark using the same distance. It will approximate using a level.

    TIP: Use painters tape INSTEAD OF A PENCIL to keep your walls from getting dirty.

    ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SCREW YOUR RACKS INTO WALL STUDS.

    wood screws notes for installing surfboard racks

    Wood Screws

    Are generally tapered in shape and it is highly recommended to dril a pilot hole for any wood screw. A general rule of thumb for a pilot hole is the same diameter as the shank of the screw without the threads.

    (example): a 1/4 inch diameter wood screw would use a 5/64" diameter drill bit for the pilot hole.

    lag bolts tips for installing paddleboards

    Lag Bolts

    These are stronger and the best system to hold your surf rack to the wall. They also require a pilot hole and a hex head wrench to install them. They are typically larger in diameter with less tapering across the length of the shaft.

    (example): a 5/16 inch diameter lag bolt would use a 15/64" diameter drill bit for the pilot hole.

    dry wall anchor installation tips for surf rack

    Drywall Anchors

    We do not as a rule recommend installing anything of weight using dry wall anchors for several reasons...

  • Age of drywall
  • Is there water damage which weakens the drywall that you cannot see?
  • When installing the drywall anchors there is a chance of "blow out" ...where the anchor partially "punches out" a conical portion of the supporting drywall that in turn weakens your contact point.
  • ...if you must use a drywall anchor make sure you get one of a good quality and keep in mind that the "shear weight" tolerance is really 1/4 of what they print on the package. (example) If it says it holds 100 lbs. it really means 25 lbs.