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    Guys,

    Just moved into my new house last weekend. I need to put some bike hooks into the garage ceiling so I can hang my bikes up. It's a townhouse. So the garage ceiling has double dry walls. The coated bike hooks I got from Target(see pic) is not long enough to reach the studs behind the double thickness dry walls. The thread is too short. Does anyone know where to get long threaded coated bike hooks? I probably need the straight section of the hook to be at least 3" long. The ones I bought is a little less than 2".

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    Having looked at what Lowe's, Home Depot, and Harbor Freight have, it appears that they all appear to be of similar length (yet claimed weight limit varies widely).

    You may have to screw some wood to the ceiling and then mount your hooks to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    You may have to screw some wood to the ceiling and then mount your hooks to that.
    This is what I did. I have 4 bikes I hang from the ceiling so I put one 2x4 spanning several ceiling joists (rafters?) and then put the hooks into the 2x4. It helps to spread out the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    This is what I did. I have 4 bikes I hang from the ceiling so I put one 2x4 spanning several ceiling joists (rafters?) and then put the hooks into the 2x4. It helps to spread out the weight.
    It also lets you space the hooks differently than the ceiling joist spacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    This is what I did. I have 4 bikes I hang from the ceiling so I put one 2x4 spanning several ceiling joists (rafters?) and then put the hooks into the 2x4. It helps to spread out the weight.
    Yup, this ^^^^^.

    The best way would be to go cross ways to the ceiling joist direction, although if you go the SAME direction you will need to make sure and hit one joist for the entire length of the 2X4. It would be better to spread the load out over a few joists though.

    You will probably have to go to a lag bold to even do this. By the time you go through a 1.5" 2X4 and the double drywall you're gonna need something like at least a 4 to 5 inch lag bolt. be sure to hit the ceiling joists right in the center too, I would probably use a washer under the lag bolt head too. If you want to get fancy use a router to round over the edges of the 2X4s before you mount them and prime and paint them, it should look pretty nice then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    This is what I did. I have 4 bikes I hang from the ceiling so I put one 2x4 spanning several ceiling joists (rafters?) and then put the hooks into the 2x4. It helps to spread out the weight.
    Similar set up here:



    The other thing this lets you do it adjust the height of the hooks. By setting them such that the bike just barely clears your head when you walk under it, it will be easier to lift the bike onto the hooks.

    This one is adjustable in height:



    I did that because I wasn't sure how high I wanted the bikes. But that was wasted effort, just figure the height such that it clears your head, and you're all set.
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    things that screw into other things that are screwed to the ceiling joists .



    in addition there are machine screw bike hooks .. then the piece you use

    to fit the bike hooks onto can be Metal and the hook held by a Nut .

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    I forgot to mention, you might want to look into a bike hoist, it would make putting the bike up easier, sould just require a regular length (but still long) screw too.

    Example: https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#h...hoist&tbm=shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    You may have to screw some wood to the ceiling and then mount your hooks to that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    It also lets you space the hooks differently than the ceiling joist spacing.
    I did this in our garage. I put 2x4s onto the (unfinished) walls and put the hooks into the 2x4.

    I can use whatever spacing for the hooks. I can move the screws around if I feel like it. I can dismount the whole thing quickly if I need to do something with the wall. I don't feel like I'm compromising the strength of the 2x4s in the walls since I only put screws in them once.

    In our previous house I screwed hooks into the unfinished basement's ceiling joists. Removing them was a real pain, and if I wanted to squeeze in an extra bike it took forever to move 6 or 8 hooks. This is why I decided to do wall hooks instead of ceiling ones.

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    the alternate that I employ to help my wife is the pulley type lifts to help raise them high enough overhead without having to lift them physically.

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