Surf Rack installation Tips
These guidelines will address the most common methods used by most surf rack companies.
(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).
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?
Do you use your board on a regular basis or are you takin' your big gun and retiring it to the walls of nostalgia?
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.
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.
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.
We do not as a rule recommend installing anything of weight using dry wall anchors for several reasons...