Garage Storage Shelf - Loose Ceiling Fastner

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Old 12-01-20, 11:56 AM
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Garage Storage Shelf - Loose Ceiling Fastner

My garage storage shelf which contains heavy items has a few fasteners that are pulling away from the ceiling support. I've tried to tighten it up but I think it will require new fasteners to be installed. To be honest, it could have been like this for years and even with the previous owner but I'd rather address it now. What type of fastener should I use?



 
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Old 12-01-20, 12:07 PM
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What are the fasteners going into? Is there any structure up there to attach to?

Judging by the photo there appear to be quite a few fasteners pulling out. That makes me think there isn't a lot in the attic for an anchor or they used screws too small and/or too short.
 
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Old 12-01-20, 12:33 PM
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If that is going into drywall, better not park under that, if there is a joist up there then something is going on with too much weight or insufficient fastener retention!
 
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A few of the fasteners are going into studs. I am not 100% sure how the studs are arrange to know if the other bolts would also be in a stud. Either way, doesn't it make sense to add a fastener of some sort? That shelf has been up there for probably over a decade.
 
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If you can confirm that the fasteners are going into a stud or joist I would replace with lag bolts and reduce the amount of weight.
 
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Beef up the framing in the attic above the 2x4. Then use lag bolts, as has been suggested, to fasten the 2x4 to the beefed up framing.
 
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The bolt on the left-most part of the bracket is in a stud and the one to the right not in the bracket pulled out of the stud. Could I use thicker / longer bolts and re-attach? I would move the right-most screw towards the bracket to get fresh wood.




 
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Have you pulled one of the lag bolts out to see how long they are? If they are short I'd try longer ones but if the ones that pulled out were already a decent length I'd take the whole thing down and start over.
 
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Afraid it will crash on my head if I take a bolt out. I could support it underneath
 
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It turns out the right most bolt out of the bracket was a 3" lag bolt. Either it pulled out due to weight or just not long enough. I replaced with a 4" lag bolt in the same hole and it is now rock solid. Thanks all.
 
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So, you only have about 1" of bolt holding. The other 3" of hole was stripped out by the previous fastener.
 
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Yes -- Assuming it was completely screwed in. It's rock solid now even with the 1" Is that a concern?
 
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Yes, of course it's a concern! The contraption was hung by someone who didn't know what they were doing and it's come down once already. Then you inserted a slightly longer fastener into an already stripped out hole. None of that is good.
 
 

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