Wall RAX come complete with the easy mounting
hardware. It is vitally important that when mounting RAX to your wall that the mounting screws be inserted into the wall stud. If the screws do not mount into the wall stud, it will tear a hole in the wall and fall down, which could cause injuries to you and damage to your home and equipment.
To help find the wall stud you can use a stud finder. If you do not have a stud finder, tap on the wall with your knuckles. As you tap the wall you will notice some areas sound hollow and some sound more solid. The spots that sound solid are where you will likely find the stud. Use a nail, about 3 inches long. Nail it in where you plan on screwing in the mounting screw. You will know if you hit the stud as you nail it in by the solid feel and sound as it passes through the drywall. If there is not a stud there the nail will feel like it goes into nothing and can be usually be removed with your fingers. If it goes into the stud you will need to use the claw of the hammer to remove it. Do not drive the nail in too far as it will be difficult to remove. Once you find the stud, go ahead and mount the RAX onto the wall, again, make sure the screws go into the wall stud. I would recommend a power screw driver with a long phillips or square drive attachment, if you have access to one. If not use a regular Phillips screw driver and pre-drill the hole with a 1/8″ or drill bit. Tighten screws to the wall snugly so it is not wiggling, but DO NOT over tighten; it could split your RAX.
Another note on wall studs; wall studs in most U.S. homes are 16″ apart, center to center. You can often find them at a room corner, at the edge of window, next to light switches and electrical outlets. Start here and measure 16″ intervals, until you get to the location you want to mount your RAX. Combine this method with the tapping method until you definitely find the stud. Use a level to help make sure your RAX are aligned properly and are straight.
If your home or garage has a different wall stud measurement (many garages are 24″, center to center) let me know at the time of your order and I will make the mounting holes accordingly, or you can purchase the Hollow Wall Anchor Kit.
Prior to mounting make sure there is clearance from the ceiling, walls and floor for your equipment.
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Ski RAX are designed to mount horizontal across the wall with your skis hanging vertically from the tips. You can also hang your ski poles on the ski tips. When mounting to the wall, note that the mounting holes are 16″ apart. It is important that both screws mount into the studs in your wall. When inserting and removing skis, make sure you insert into the slot gently and straight, do not twist. When removing skis it helps to pull up and straight out.
Snowboard RAX come with 2 towers and 4 – 6 screws. They are designed to mount 32″ apart and the snowboards fit with the towers on the outside of the bindings. You can display your boards with top up or top down.
Mount Skateboard RAX vertically on your wall, with both screws going into the same stud.
Hollow Wall Anchor Toggle Kit:
If you have a steel framed building or have some stud challenges, you can order the Hollow Wall Anchor Kit. These are the very top quality in Hollow wall anchors and will support all Wall RAX.
Installation Instructions for Optional Hollow Wall Anchors:
Drill a 1/2" (Ø13mm) hole. Hold metal channel flat alongside plastic straps and slide channel through hole. Minimum clearance behind wall: 1-7/8" (48mm).
Hold ends of straps between thumb and forefinger and pull toward you until channel rests flush behind wall. Slide plastic cap along straps with other hand until flange of cap is flush with wall.
Snap straps at wall by pushing side to side, snapping off straps level with flange of cap.
Place item over flange. Insert bolt through item and tighten until flush against item, then stop.
Use the supplies machine screw
- Wheel Kits:
Most commercial RAX and Floor Model RAX come ready to go out of the box. If you ordered a wheel kit for your RAX there is some easy assembly. Simply turn your RAX on its top or side. Take care not to damage the sides or top. Line up the holes of the wheels with the pre-drilled holes in each of the four corners of the RAX. Tighten the lag bolts snugly with a ratchet or wrench. DO NOT over tighten as you can strip out the hole. Carefully put your RAX back on its wheels and your ready to roll!
RAX are designed to hold your Skis and Snowboards at a 45 degree angle. So when you put your skis or board in the hole, rotate them 45 degrees. This gives the best clearance for your bindings. Snowboards go 2 to each compartment and fit best bottom to bottom.
Be aware when moving your RAX – we recommend pushing it with hands on the RAX itself not on the skis or boards. Remember if your RAX are on wheels they can will roll away if they are left unattended on sloped terrain.