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Old 01-14-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Question GLADIATOR GEAR TRACK ???'s

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I am in the process of redoing my 2 car garage & i am going with the gladiator garageworks system. i am wanting to install the gear track channels along a portion of my brick wall of the garage. my question is what is the best (strongest) way to attach it to the brick wall??? the brick is "smooth" face "typical" type brick. the house is 27 yrs old.....

i appreciate any advice you garage guru's are willing to share!!

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:52 PM   #2
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The Gladiator GW system has worked great for me. I have only installed the tracks on drywall covered studs but the directions that come with the tracks say to install them with 3/16" x 1 -3/4"flat-head masonry screws every 24" in every slot for masonry block/poured concrete wall. You will need a masonry bit and a hammer drill.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:15 AM   #3
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DMT,
Thanks for the reply. i am not sure what you mean by ""in every slot"" ?? i will check when i get home, but the tracks that i purchased (lowes)only have a sleeve for "packaging". i will also check the web site also. in your opinion do you think that size screw would be sufficient or would it help anymore to maybe go to 1/4" or 3/8" size screw?? thanks for any input again....

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:48 AM   #4
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I would use 3/16" Tapcom scews, every 24" or so as well. In other words, for a standard 48" GearChannel, I would use (at least) a total of 6 screws - two at either end, and two at the middle. By "in every slot," DMT means you should put a screw through both the top and bottom mounting valley.

If you're concerned about loading it up with too much gear, you can apply screws at every 16", so that you would have a total of 10 mounting points per 48" channel.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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stuey,
thank you for the response. i am just wanting to make sure that it does not pull away from the wall & "bonk" me in the head!! (lol) it appears that there is agreement on the method, so i am going follow the wisdom....
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:51 PM   #6
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stuey,
thank you for the response. i am just wanting to make sure that it does not pull away from the wall & "bonk" me in the head!! (lol) it appears that there is agreement on the method, so i am going follow the wisdom....
thanks for the input.

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Thicker screws will increase the overall load capacity of the geartrack, BUT in doing so, the heads won't be able to be countersunk into the channel anymore. Redistributing the load among extra screws should be enough so that you don't have to go to thicker screws.

Another option is to secure say, 2x6 stock or even 1x6 stock to the wall first, and then attach your GearTrack to that. But then again, you would still need to properly secure the GearTrack to the wood, resulting in double the work for marginally less security.

Another option might be to use (I think) #10 screws with masonry anchors. I'm pretty fond of the Cobra anchors that Lowes carries.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:15 PM   #7
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stuey,
thank you & i agree with your options. i will do as suggested & maybe see about the cobra anchors....

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Old 01-16-2009, 08:03 AM   #8
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I purchased my tracks at lowes as well. Under the sleave you should find GW directions but I think stuey has made some great points and tips that the directions probably won't provide any added value. The only thing I would add is to make sure the screws countersink well our you may run it trouble placing cabinets or sliding them along the track.
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I was thinking of doing something like the gear tracks and wondered if there was more feedback about them. I can't tell from the website what they are made of. Are they particle board, plastic or metal?
Anyone have any problems?
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:08 AM   #10
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It's definitely a type of plastic. It is fairly rigid, and all external surfaces are smooth. The interior structure, however, is slightly porous - that's why they sell endcaps to improve the aesthetics.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:11 AM   #11
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:14 AM   #12
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Here are some picks of the install. I have a bunch more to go up and will update with the completed project.


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Old 05-05-2009, 12:37 PM   #13
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I just put up about 12' of gear track last weekend (over drywall) and must say that this has helped tremendously in cleaning up the garage. Make sure you buy a ton of extra hooks as you'll find that you'll want to hang everything that you can. I also bought their mesh bag and use it to store all of our smaller gardening tools in it. Finally, the gear track is made out of some type of PVC plastic that is quite strong. My neighbor has had a wheel barrel hanging from his for years without any issues.
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:35 PM   #14
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ALL,
I have since hung the gear track up on both drywall & block. the results are great & i followed the directions from gladiator (pretty easy) & so far all is hung good & appears to be pretty steady... despite my efforts-lol!! i would highly recommend this system along with any of the gladiator products! i am very pleased with all my purchases (2-30" cabinets, 2-24" cabinets, related gear track & misc. hooks). i will try to take some pics by this weekend & post them. now!! if i could just get my floor done!! (epoxy).... thanks for the help on here!!

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #15
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For those who use GearTrack, I was just at my local Sears and the four foot lengths of track are on sale buy-one get-one. I think they're $12.99 each.

Today only. 12/15/12

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