These clamps come in handy for large face frames, wainscoting or window seat glue ups. My problem was that I needed a better way to store my super-long pipe clamps.
I really hate seeing these long clamps strewn about my shop floor – I like organization, which led me to the idea of storing my pipe clamps with a Racor 450 Wall Storage Rack. My theory that you can never have enough clamps is true for me. See earlier article on Pipe Clamp Storage.
I currently store my pipe clamps above the doorway entering a small room off my shop. I like this spot since it’s out of the way and unused space. I tried using a generic storage hook that I bought at the hardware store, but the weight of several of these long pipe clamps was just too much and frankly it was getting dangerous.
The Racor 450 Wall Storage Rack is a multi-purpose wall storage rack that can hold 150lbs on each of three tiers for a total of 450lbs. That means you can store heavy stuff on this rack like a ladder, metal pipe, lumber and pipe clamps! I first thought this would make a nice lumber rack but quickly decided on the pipe clamp storage idea.
The three tiers are of the Racor 450 Wall Storage Rack are 16” deep and come pre-drilled if you want to fasten your own shelves to the rack and extend 15 inches out from the wall. Constructed of steel with a durable epoxy finish, the 450 Rack is designed for long-time stability, corrosion resistance and rust-free storage.
Pipe Clamp Storage Solution: With 150-pound weight capacity per tier, that’s 300 pounds a pair — which was more than enough for my clamps. My first concern was mounting the rack in the same location, but high enough so I would not hit my head. Because of the height of the rack I needed to eliminate the top tier by putting it up in the floor joist bay. To do this I padded out the wall below to the same thickness of the ledger board of the floor system above.
I then threw out the 2-inch lag bolts that came with the Racor 450 Rack and opted to use 3-1/2-inch long truss lock structural screws. They drive faster, easier and were two inches longer. I needed to go through my 1-1/2 inch of padding onto the framing behind it.
Once installed I hung my 180 pounds off it to see how well it held – perfect!
Conclusion: Storing pipe clamps with a Racor 450 Wall Storage Rack was a no brainer. It’s a sturdy, durable rack that will safely hold hundreds of pounds of pipe clamps or other long storage items.
This rack is a useful addition to the workshop, garage or tool shed. Because it offers a total capacity of 450 lbs. it is not a chinsey item and a real-deal solution to storage problems. Pipe clamp storage solution solved!