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 in the Middle of a Wall
Begin on the left side of your installation with a Left-End Assembly. Install the Left Wall Bracket in the center of the first stud. 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.
*Note: Your Left Wall bracket may appear different than the one in this video. This is no concern and your Left Wall Bracket will function perfectly.
Place the pre-assembled Left-End Assembly onto the Left Wall Bracket under the lower lag bolt. Notice that the Left-End Assembly 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 Left-End Assembly to the Left Wall Bracket with the included 5/16-inch bolt and nut.
Place a 2-ft level against the wall vertically and aligned with the 2 lag bolts in the Left Wall Bracket. Draw a vertical line from the top of the 2-ft level down 2 inches. This line is the center of a stud and will provide guidance when installing the upper diagonal arm.
Next, place the 2' level on on the Left-End Assembly 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 Left-End Assembly 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.)
When installed, your Left-End Assembly will look like this:
If you are installing a 4-feet Rhino Shelf, skip to the Finishing the Installation in the Middle of a Wall section below.
For installations of 8-feet and greater, continue below.
Continuing Installation for the Middle of a Wall
Tee Assemblies are used to continue the Rhino Shelf along a wall in Universal Kits that are 8-feet and longer. Installing a Tee Assembly is very similar to installing the Left-End Assembly. Begin with the Tee Wall Bracket.
*Note: Your Tee Wall Bracket may appear different from the one in this video. This is no concern and your Tee Wall Bracket will function perfectly.
Place the pre-assembled Tee Assembly onto the Tee Wall Bracket under the lower bolt, as before. Using 2 bolts and 2 nuts, attach the Tee Assembly to the Tee Wall Bracket and tighten with the 1/2-inch wrench and drive socket.
Maintain level with the Tee Assembly and attach the upper diagonal arm, as before.
*Note: You may install Tee Assemblies to continue the installation in 4-feet sections. The number of Tee Assemblies that you received in your package is relative to the length that you ordered.
When installed, the Tee Assembly will look like this:
Finishing the installation in the Middle of a Wall
Installing a Right-End Assembly is very similar to installing the Left-End Assembly and the Tee Assembly. Begin with the Right-Wall Bracket
*Note: Your Right-End Assembly may appear different from the one in this video. This is no concern and your Right Wall Bracket will function perfectly.
Place the pre-assembled Right-End Assembly onto the Right Wall Bracket under the lower bolt, as before. Using the included bolt and nut, attach the Right-End Assembly to the Right Wall Bracket and tighten with the 1/2-inch wrench and drive socket.
Maintain level with the Right-End Assembly and attach the upper diagonal arm, as before.
When installed, the Right-End Assemblty 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: 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.