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Old 04-27-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hi there, I'm new to the forums here, hopefully someone can give me some advice or direction on where to go to get some advice. As I'm new here, I don't know who here is a professional and who isn't.

I'm in a Semi-detached home, my garage has a block wall on one side, and a framed wall on the opposite side. (just learnt thru research that cinder block and concrete blocks have different properties, not sure which I have, could you tell me how to determine which I have?)

What I'd like to do is build a shelf across that span(11ft). Roughly, the overall size would be about 11' x 13'. This will be for basic storage, kids toys, clothes, Christmas decorations, camping gear etc.

I am not sure what size of joists I should use, and spacing, and how best to attach them to each of the walls.

Should I put supports upwards to the floor joists above (our masterbedroom is above the garage)?

I assume 5/8 plywood for the floor would be sufficient.

My thoughts were to put a 2x?8? ledger lag bolted(a term I am not sure I fully understand) into the blocks on the one wall. And I have no idea how to attach the other end to the 2x4 studs.


Ultimately, my biggest concern is overall structural safety. I wouldn't want a future homeowner having it collapse.

I can post some pictures and more detailed dimensions if it would help.

Thanks for reading,

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Depending on what you want to store, one easy way to do it is with 3/4" gas pipe.

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Depending on what you want to store, one easy way to do it is with 3/4" gas pipe.
That's sure a great idea Michael, but not quite what I'm aiming for. I am kind of thinking something that will support my weight, plus a few hundred+ lbs of storage, considering it'll be about 140sq'. I guess I'm picturing a loft of sorts, with only 3ft of headroom.

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did you end up building this? I am going to start this today or tomorrow and was wondering what you used to build it. My concern is weight capacity. I am aiming to build a loft os 16x8 and hopefully be able to support 1000lbs or more.
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>MCU, nope, I'm afraid I have yet to get on to this project... I've been working tooo much. Although I did finally get my fence project completed

Maybe now that this thread was bumped up, we might get a few more suggestions...


Good luck,

Post back and let me know what you ended up doing...

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0ne thing to keep in mind: the trusses/joists may not be intended/able to support that kind of weight - I could do it as shown above because that's not a typical garage ceiling but rather the underside of the floor of a conventionally framed building above.

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