When you move in to your new home, finding a place for all the tools you’ve acquired over the years can be a big task. All of those little jobs, each with their unique requirements seem to mean a new tool purchase every time. There’s also all the shovels, trimmers and other yard work tools that get piled up in the corner of the garage or fill up the storage closet. Over time the collection grows and so does the clutter and disorganization. It’s time to do something about it. In our organization series we’ll explore topics to help you go from ugly mess to organized success.
This week we’re exploring a clever system that requires very little experience or construction know-how. It’s a simple, highly configurable system that puts organization within anyone’s reach at a relatively low cost. We’re talking about Rubbermaid Fast Track. A quick visit to the Rubbermaid site will give you a glimpse of the possibilities for this product. There are also some great setup demonstration videos from Home Depot.
Materials and Tools
This build demonstrates the installation of:
- 1 – 84” Rail
- 2 – Compact Hooks
- 1 – Garage Rail Hardware Pack
- 3 – Dual Handle Hooks
- 1 Utility, Hose, & Ladder Hook
You will also need the following tools:
- Tape measure
- Drill with freshly charged battery
- Stud Finder
Before buying components, consider where the rail will be installed. If you have to park your car next to it, will you still be able to open your door if you install a shelf or other high profile components?
- Locate studs to mount the rail. When mounted to wall studs correctly, the rail can support up to 1,750 lbs. The hardware pack includes drywall anchors for added support if you aren’t able to utilize studs, but using drywall anchors may diminish the holding strength of the system.
- Measure the height that you’d like to mount your rail. We had mostly long handled tools so 6 feet was just the right height.
- Attach the rail to the wall starting at one point. Make sure the rail is level, then place the rest of your screws.
- Place the Rail Cover over the rail then attach your component hooks.
- Start getting organized!
Getting your garage organized has never been easier or more affordable. The best part is that you can rearrange in a snap or add more components as needed. All in all our build took less than an hour to complete and the cost was less than $100, but prices may vary depending where you shop.
Let us know what you think and share your favorite organization tips with us in the comments below.