Julieta Castro Almeida. Garage. April 17th , 2018.
The shelving manufacturer will measure the load carrying capacities of each individual component and together as a shelving system to come up with a maximum shelf capacity and rating. It is very important to note that the rating given to a shelving system is based on slowly adding weight, evenly distributing it over the entire shelf. It will not support that weight if concentrated on one part of the shelf. The manufacturers rate their shelves as light duty, medium duty etc. Do not to let these ratings determine your design selection as every manufacturer rates their shelves differently and there is no commonly adopted rating system. Only careful consideration of the shelf’s intended use should be given when choosing a shelving design to prevent catastrophic structure failure.
There are two types of garages in this country. The first has plenty of room for two cars, gardening equipment and seasonal items. The other type has all the same equipment stored in it but no room for a car much less two. The difference, while not always apparent, is usually a judicious use of shelves for home use and an ability to organize the things that go on them. Garage storage racks can be as simple as wooden shelves affixed to each wall or metal lockers with doors that close and keep all of the material out of sight.
Shelving units in their basic form consist of a frame and decking material. The frame can be constructed out of a variety of materials with the most common being steel sheet. The thickness of sheet metal is called its gauge and the lower its gauge number is, the thicker the steel is. Steel sheet ranges from about 30 gauge to 8 gauge, with thinner 30+ material called foil and thicker 8+ material called plate. The steel sheet is formed into structural members with various shapes for different applications and load carrying capacities. The capacities can range anywhere from a couple hundred pounds to 30,000 pounds or more.
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