Decide the height at which you would like your Rhino Shelf to be installed.
We recommend 82-84 inches in a typical scenario. However, your ceiling height or specific needs may vary. The Rhino Shelf must be mounted 26 inches below the ceiling to allow for the diagonal support to function correctly.
Once a height is established, mark that height on your wall. Then, locate the studs in your installation area.
*Note: Most homes are built with the studs located 16 inches apart. In some cases, the studs are 24 inches apart. The Rhino Shelf easily accommodates both of these scenarios.
Using your level, draw a level, horizontal line in the length you intend to install (4', 8', 12', etc.) on studs that are roughly 48 inches apart.
Starting the Installation on the Right Wall
Convert your R-Kit into a WS-Part by removing the diagonal support arm.
Place the WS-Part against the wall on the right side of your installation area with the top of the bracket aligned with your level line. Allow a 3/16-inch gap between the corner and the WS-Part. On the WS-Part, mark the stud locations and drive the included lag bolts through the WS-Part and into the center of the studs.
*Note: You may need to use your 1/4-inch drill bit to drill through the WS-Part. This is expected and will not affect the strength of the system.
If you are installing a 4-feet Rhino Shelf, your next step will be to mount an L-Kit (discussed below in Finishing the Installation of the Right-Wall Start). In most cases (those installing 8-feet and greater), the next step will be to mount a T-Kit.
Continuing the Installation of the Right-Wall Start
T-Kits are used to continue the Rhino Shelf along a wall in Universal Kits that are 8-feet and longer. Installing a T-Kit is simple. Begin with the U-Part.
*Note: Pay close attention to the holes that are used for attaching the U-Part to the wall for use with a T-Kit.
Using the level line that you drew earlier, place the U-Part such that the top of the U-part is aligned with the level line. Install the Universal Wall Bracket (U-Part) as shown in the center of the stud that is closest to 48 inches away from the WS-Part that you installed earlier. Pilot holes are drilled with a 3/16-inch bit that is 3 and 1/2 inches in length. Lag bolts are driven into the wall with a 7/16-inch drive socket.
Place the pre-assembled T-Kit onto the U-Part under the lower lag bolt. Notice that the T-Kit is temporarily held in place so that your hands are free. Using a 1/2-inch wrench and a 1/2-inch drive socket, attach the T-Kit to the U-Part with the included 5/16-inch bolts and nuts.
Using the 2' level, draw a vertical line from the center of the lag bolts in the U-Part up 24' and make a mark. This line is the center of a stud and will provide guidance when installing the upper diagonal arm.
Place the 2' level on on the T-Kit horizontally and maneuver the upper diagonal arm to make contact with the wall. The placement of the upper diagonal bracket should be determined by making sure that the T-Kit is level. When level is achieved, attach the upper diagonal bracket to the wall using the same technique as before (drill a pilot hole, then drive the included lags.)
*Note: You may install T-Kits to continue the installation in 4-feet sections. The number of T-Kits that you received in your package is relative to the length that you ordered.
When installed, the T-Kit will look like this:
Finishing the Installation of the Right-Wall Start
Installing an L-Kit is very similar to installing the T-Kit. Begin with the U-Part.
*Note: Pay close attention to the holes that are used for attaching the U-Part to the wall for use with an L-Kit.
Place the pre-assembled L-Kit onto the U-Part under the lower bolt, as before. Using the included bolt and nut, attach the L-Kit to the U-Part and tighten with the 1/2-inch wrench and drive socket.
Maintain level with the L-Kit and attach the upper diagonal arm, as before.
When installed, the L-Kit will look like this:
Installing the Shelf Decking
The simple installation is nearly complete! It is time to attach the shelf decking. We recommend 2x4s because of their strength and availability at any home improvement store or lumber yard.
*Note: Do not use a screw in every hole in the bottom of the Rhino Shelf assembly. The 2x4 that is used in the FRONT of the shelf should be attached first using 2 screws on either side. The remaining 4 boards require only 1 screw on either side. (Please see the video below for more visual aid.)
At the wall, measure the distance between the vertical portion of each assembly. Cut your 2x4s and begin installing the boards at the front of each section. Keep your front 2x4s as flush as possible with the front of the assembly. The Rhino Shelf has 5 boards per bay.