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My Rubbermaid Garage Makeover (from bad to great) – Part 4 of a series

My garage is really starting to shape up

With one corner of my garage organized, a feeling of accomplishment under my belt, and a good nights sleep behind me, it was now time to install the FastTrack garage organization system on one of the two walls remaining to be organized. Referring back to the plan I had sketched earlier I decided to work on the wall I wanted to utilize to hang bikes, ladders, sports items, tools and other miscellaneous items.

The first step in this project was to move all of the junk and clutter away from the wall and into the driveway. This allowed me to "find & discover" an amazing array of garbage, lost toys and a few pennies. With the area clean and free of clutter I was able to move forward with the installation of the FastTrack rails.

My plan was to hang two rows of rails, three rails in each row. This configuration, per my sketch, allowed me to utilize an entire wall in my garage to hang and organize my stuff.

To ensure the rails got installed properly I decided to read the instructions before beginning to drill any holes (plus my friends in the Rubbermaid graphics departments spent so much time putting them together I thought I’d read them). I found this to be a very important step as the instructions gave me information on what height the rails should be mounted as well as details regarding stud location and drywall anchors.

Armed with a significant amount of dangerous knowledge Shannon and I began the installation of the rails. To begin this process we measured and marked the height at which the rails would be installed followed by drawing a straight Install_wall1_3296horizontal line, using a standard level, across the wall with a pencil. I would have preferred to use my Strait-line laser level but I didn’t have any batteries and I wasn’t going to make a special trip to the store.

Next in line was to mark the stud locations. I used an electronic stud finder to make this task easy and accurate. With the studs located and marked it was time to begin mounting the rails.

Mounting the rails was a relatively simple task. I held the rail against the level line marked on the wall while matching up the pre-drilled holes in the rail to the stud locations. Shannon then marked the locations to be drilled with a pencil. We continued that process for the remaining rails.

Review_wall1_3299The next step was to drill the holes (NOTE: I referred back to the instruction manual prior to drilling just to confirm I had done everything correctly so far) and install the necessary drywall anchors. With the holes drilled it was time to attach the rail to the wall. Attaching the rails to the wall was also very simple. It was just a matter of screwing the screws into wall. This only took a few moments since I utilized a drill to set the screws.

I was now 95% done. All that was remaining was to snap the FastTrack accessories onto the Review_wall1_3304rail and hang my stuff on the accessories. Snapping the accessories to the rails was VERY simple. It only take 5 seconds to attach to a rail. Moving or rearranging the accessories was just a matter of un-snapping them and moving them to a new location. This came in very handy as I arranged and rearrange the wall a few times to get it organized the way I wanted it.

Voila, one wall done and it looks great! Total time spent on this wall was about 2 1/2 hours start to finish. Only one more wall to go. That’s a project for next weekend.

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My Rubbermaid Garage Makeover (from bad to great)
Part #1: I’ve got a BIG problem. My garage is a total mess
Part #2: Planning is half the battle (or at least some of the battle)
Part #3: Tackling the installation – One step at a time
Part #5: I love my garage! I never expected it to turn out this good.

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