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    mount bike hanger on drywall

    I live in an apartment, and I want to keep my bikes away from my cats. However, drywall is weak as hell. I can plow through that thing with a screw driver, and the hook isn't very stable. Even with a toggle hook that anchors into the wall, I'm not sure if that's a good idea. I guessing the best bet is to mount a piece of plywood up there to hold my bikes. Any thoughts?
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    Get the Minoura Two Bike display stand. http://www.nashbar.com/reviews/nashb...ike-Stand.html

    It is free-standing, so you don't have to drill into the wall and can hold 2 bikes. Since it is not mounted into the wall, you can move it around your place or take it with you when you move to a new apartment.
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    If you still for whatever reason want to hang on the wall then you have 2 options.

    1) Don't mount on drywall mount on a stud. There is no possible way your apartment does not have studs in your walls. They are probably every 16 inches but might be every 24 inches. The studs may be either metal or wood. Either will work fine but if metal you will want to pre-drill the hole. Get yourself a stud detector for about 10 dollars at your local hardware store and find where they are and put your stand there. A stud detector is a useful thing to have in your tool kit, you will need it again at some point.

    2) Use good drywall anchors. These: http://www.amazon.com/50PK-50-Stud-D...drywall+anchor are by far my favorite type of drywall anchor. They will also be available at your local hardware store. Basically you screw the big metal piece into the wall and then screw the screw into the big metal piece. Works great and each one is rated for about 50 lbs. So if you have 2 in there you are going to be fine for a bike.

    A stud is the best way to go but the drywall anchors provide a good alternative.

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    Look at the bike mounted on the wall in the background. There is a 2x4 that is screwed into studs, with ladder hangers at the correct position for the wheels.
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    I use a lock...my damn cat is always trying to take my bike out...freakin' fox bait...

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    US code is 16" centers for walls.. [except Brick] you attach the mounting hardware to the wall stud,

    or you bridge the space with a piece added to the outside , and screw that to wall studs.

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    Get rid of the cats. Problem solved.

    I have 2 of these in my apt:
    http://deltacycle.com/two-bike-gravity-storage-rack

    They don't mess with the walls,and have been bumped numerous times without falling over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    US code is 16" centers for walls.. [except Brick] you attach the mounting hardware to the wall stud,

    or you bridge the space with a piece added to the outside , and screw that to wall studs.
    Most codes allow for 24" spacing when using 2x6 studs and often with metal studs.
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    I had a four-bike stand from Gear Up which I used in a couple apartments before moving into a house. They worked well, and didn't require any holes in drywall. They're available on EBay:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gear-Up-2-BI...-/170787003690
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    i like the idea of a stand, and would much prefer to use it instead of drilling holes. but those stands are pretty expensive, and they don't really elevate the bike all that much.
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    on second thought. a stand sounds better than drilling holes. For one, I don't even have a power drill/drill bit lol.....

    so as far as these stands go, can I get a 2 stand bike that use the lower one on the top, on the other side? Would there be enough room, and putting both bikes up on top would make it really top heavy... Or should I just get a 4 bike stand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    on second thought. a stand sounds better than drilling holes. For one, I don't even have a power drill/drill bit lol.....

    so as far as these stands go, can I get a 2 stand bike that use the lower one on the top, on the other side? Would there be enough room, and putting both bikes up on top would make it really top heavy... Or should I just get a 4 bike stand?
    Yes, the Gear Up stands are expensive, but the aluminum ones are a little cheaper. You could also homebrew something out of a 2x4 and some hooks if you're handy.
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    Codes differ from state to state, and even county to county, but every wall has studs and every ceiling has runners or "trusses". The standard for homes and apartments that are not concrete, is 16 inches on center. That means that from the center of one stud to the center of the next stud is 16 inches. Some buildings, depending on how old they are may have 18, 20, or even 24 inches between studs. There are also "offsets" that were commonly used up until about 15 years ago. Stud material can also affect how wide the layout is.

    Your best bet is to go to wally world, and buy a stud finder for $7 and a set of ladder hooks for about $4.

    I also recommend pre-drilling before you try to put the hooks in the wall. It's safer, and it ensures that you hit the stud before putting a hook in the wall. Standard drywall is 1/2 inch thick but can also be 3/4 inch thick. The thicker drywall can be deceiving if you don't pre-drill.

    One more note of caution: It sounds dumb, but I've seen people do it...avoid putting screws, hooks, or drill bits into studs that are within 16 inches of a light switch, light socket, or power outlet. If you're not sure, ask your maintenance guy where the electrical wires run.

    Edit: The reason I say that is because some buildings run electrical lines from the floor up, while others run from the ceiling down. They also often run laterally through the walls when a mistake is made during construction, though it should be noted on the building's electrical schematics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    US code is 16" centers for walls.. [except Brick] you attach the mounting hardware to the wall stud,

    or you bridge the space with a piece added to the outside , and screw that to wall studs.
    Just in case someone doesn't understand what this means (and I'm piping in because it's what I was going to recommend too);

    Find two studs, and attach a piece of wood spanning them. Therefore you can mount your mounting hardware anywhere on that piece of wood and it will in turn be firmly mounted to the studs on each end. You could use a piece of dimensional lumber, like a 2X4, 2X6, 1X4, etc., or a piece of plywood of suitable dimensions to serve the purpose of mounting whatever yo need to mount.

    That's what I'd do - I'm so fussy, I'd probably paint the wood first just so it more or less looked "finished" rather than a piece of plain wood screwed onto the wall.

    When you leave the apartment, all you'll have is 2-4 small holes through the sheetrock (one or two at each end of the spanning wood), and they can easily be filled and usually hidden OK with spackle or even toothpaste in a pinch! Not much different than the holes you'd have if you hung a couple of pictures.

    If you use a toggle bolt through the sheetrock, you'll end up with one or two big honking holes through the sheetrock which can be filled, sure, but they're much harder to hide without painting the wall.

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    i bought a couple of pieces of plywood. will finishh the stand tomorrow
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