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Old 07-13-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Full hard door storage ideas?

I just moved into a new house that has a carport and a storage room (finally!). I am looking for ways to store my full hard doors since I have them off most of the time. I went out to Home Depot and bought 4 wall hangers that are rated at 50 lbs each. The only problem is the storage closet apparently has hollow walls because I can't seem to find a stud. I put one up on the wall just to see how weak it was and after putting a little bit of weight onto the hanger it got ripped out of the wall. Would I be ok using wall anchors or should I do something else?

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Old 07-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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something else....1st question is it your house or a rental? second do you have an electric drill?

IMO if you use the drill with a very small drill bit along the floor about 3" up the wall you should be able to find a wall stud or 2. After that get a 2"x4" and attach to the studs you have located. This will give you a place to put your hangers.

One more suggestion....only have your wallhangers high enough to get the doors a couple inches of the floor. This will maybe save the paint, and probably the glass if one or both should happen to fall. Also means you won't have to lift them as high to store them.

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You need to find the studs. Sometimes you can pull off the baseboard or look around light switch or receptacle. Once you do, nail a 2x4 horizontal down the wall so you can put your hooks where you want them.
I want to build a U shaped support to set the bottom of the door in so the weight won't be hanging from the top of the door.
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It is a rental so I don't really mind drilling the wall to find it. I may have to get a stud finder or just try the above methods.
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Don't hang them by the window frame either or it will seperate
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:26 PM   #6
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What is the best way to hang them then?
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That's why I want to build a support channel for the bottom to sit in
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:35 AM   #8
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They do sell just storage zip up bags if you want to get that and then you can just have them sit on the floor
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I used two screw eyes for each door. Put them into the stud the same distance as your hinge pins, then slide hinge pins into screw eyes. Works great and cost just a couple of bucks.
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It is a rental so I don't really mind drilling the wall to find it. I may have to get a stud finder or just try the above methods.
Shouldn't it be the other way around? As a landlord myself comments like this make me cringe. You're going to have to puddy, sand, repaint all those little holes. If it's your own place, it's no big deal.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:11 AM   #11
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buy a thick rubber floor mat and put them on it! Very simple and effective.
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Where will they seperate? If this is a problem why are there places that sell and advertise this as a way of storing them?
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #13
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Shouldn't it be the other way around? As a landlord myself comments like this make me cringe. You're going to have to puddy, sand, repaint all those little holes. If it's your own place, it's no big deal.
I was thinking the same exact thing. This is the mindset of most though... unfortunately.

Either way OP, you'll find studs in there. And like others have said, use a 2x4 for your brace and mount your hangers onto it instead of the drywall.
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I originally had my doors hanging from the window frames on a hanger made out of 2x4's. Mine never cracked as many have said and I hung them that way for a couple of years, but never for extremely long periods of time.
After reading all the posts about them breaking I decided that I didn't want to be that guy that it happened to. I just moved the hangers I built to the ground and set them on it instead of hanging them and used a couple of eye screws and a bungee cord to keep them from falling over.
Oh and as far as finding the studs in the wall just measure from the corner of your wall over 16" and you should hit a stud. On most frames the studs are 16" on center. Nothing fancy but here a few pics...
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I used two screw eyes for each door. Put them into the stud the same distance as your hinge pins, then slide hinge pins into screw eyes. Works great and cost just a couple of bucks.

I like it.... and going to give it a try.

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #16
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That's a pretty cool idea ruth. I may have to do something similar. As far as the renting comments go it is military housing and I was told holes smaller than 1/4" don't have to be filled prior to move out.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:45 PM   #17
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They're hooks made out of plastic coated steel. Screwed them right into the stud. And my rear windows fit right on top. Total expense: $3
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:29 PM   #18
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here is mine two big wall hangers for the garage and a towel in between to keep them from rubbing and ruining the paint job and I love it cuz I never have them on anymore

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