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The Importance of "Made in America"

Everyone wants to feel good about the things that they buy. Great quality at a great price with excellent customer service is critical, and for many Americans there is another factor that goes into our decision to buy one product over another: "Made in America" There is a lot of information in those three words and they mean different things to different people. Here are a few things that Americans consider when purchasing items Made in the USA. High Quality: In a 2013 survey by Consumer Reports, 79 percent of American customers would choose an American-made product over any other option (when that choice is available). About 60 percent of those customers that would choose the American product indicated "higher...

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Why do we use 2x4s for our shelf decking?

Rhino Shelf DIY Garage storage shelves are structural and strong. The best on the market, in fact. Part of that design is that Rhino Shelves were designed to use 2x4 lumber as the decking between the aluminum assemblies.  Why 2x4s?  Besides being a great choice, they are the strongest material for the price that is readily available. For the Rhino Shelf®, each bay (4' section) was designed to fit five 2x4s placed one 2x4 width apart.  Four additional 2x4's can be used to fill in and create a solid deck effect. For the RhinoMini each bay was designed to fit three 2x4s placed one 2x4 width apart. Other variations  for a solid deck effect are possible. Expanded metal can be...

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Need Help Getting Organized? Try N.A.P.O.

Many of our Rhino Shelf® customers ask if we can help them organize their garages "to look just like your pictures."  Truth be known, while we're pretty organized, we don't offer that service.  But we know some folks who can help you and who have our highest recommendation.  We'd like to introduce you to NAPO. NAPO is the National Association of Professional Organizers.  They are an organization of about 4,000 independent entrepreneurs, spread across the U.S.  We first met them when we were designing the Rhino Shelf system.  Our design client, the local builders' guild, introduced us to them so that we could get some quick insight into the needs of the homeowner.  The utilitarian design of our shelves to...

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The Ubiquitous Bike Hook

Ubiquitous:  adj., Found and/or used everywhere; constantly encountered; widespread.  Usage:  "The simple, inexpensive bike hook is ubiquitous in its applications for hanging items from Rhino Shelf DIY Garage Storage Kits." You won't be able to live without them.  Plus they're cheap!  Available at any big-box or hardware store and online for less than a dollar.  You screw them directly into the 2x4s of your new Rhino Shelves and hang the most amazing array of "stuff." Bikes, golf bags, baskets, containers, mesh bags, fishing rods, kayaks, yard equipment, ladders, etc., ad infinitum. They're easy to install:  Get the ones with the screw-in portion being 1/4-inch diameter, by 3/4 to 1and1/4 inches long.  The vinyl-coated "hook" portions are commonly 3 to 4...

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