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  • Rhino Shelf tools needed for DIY project installation of garage shelves

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    Rhino Shelf® Do-It-Yourself Garage Shelving Kits are easily installed using a basic set of tools.  For regular installations, you will need the following:

    Tape Measure
    Pencil
    4 Foot Level
    Stud Finder (used with the Spacer Guide included in the kit)
    Drill (or Impact Driver)
    3/16" and 1/4" Drill Bits (the 1/4" bit is not needed if installing an Open-Open Model)
    Hex Head Drive Sockets - 1/8", 1/4", and 7/16"
    1/2" Wrench and 1/2" Socket
    Wood Saw
    Plus safety gear as needed (eye & ear protection)

    For pictures of these tools if you're unfamiliar with any of them, watch our "Tools Needed" video.

    Our "Easy Installation" video will show you generally how these tools are used.  The Tool Tips, below, provide even more information to supplement the video.

    Tool Tips:

    Measure up from the floor with the tape measure to mark your chosen shelf height for only the first assembly.  After that, use your level to extend a line across the face of your wall, marking a line every 48 inches.  Your garage floor is probably not level enough to measure up from the floor for each assembly - your shelf would not be level across its entire length.

    In lieu of using the four-foot level, your can snap a level chalk line from the first assembly across the wall if you have a construction line.

    The four-foot level is also used to level each assembly prior to screwing the diagonal bracket into the wall above the shelf, but its a little less cumbersome if you also have a two-foot level.

    Installation of the 1/4" x 3" lag screws requires that you drill a 3/16" pilot hole into the center of the wall stud; otherwise the lag screw could possibly split the stud.  An old trim carpenter's trick is to "lubricate" the lag screw with a (dry) bar of soap before screwing it into the wall.  You can also safely use an Impact Driver instead of a drill, if you have one and know how to use it.  The lag screws are stainless steel so the head is much harder to twist off than if we used zinc-plated screws.

     The 1/4" drill bit is not used for pilot holes.  It is used only to drill holes through the aluminum Angle that is attached to the side wall on the Open-Open and the Open End Models (to line the holes up with your actual stud spacing).

    Any saw that will cut 2x4's can be used.  Alternatively, you may take your individual self section dimensions with you to the big-box home improvement store, purchase your eight-foot boards, and have them cut your boards to your specific dimensions.  Most provide this free service (when they have the time).

    Or you can call us to discuss any of this - we're happy to help.  888-542-2683.