Fitting Instructions - GearHooks® and GearRails®
Quick Fitting Guide
It’s a really quick and easy job to fit a hook (1 hole) or rail (3 holes). It takes very basic DIY skills and tools. You could fit a rail in 10 minutes but we recommend allowing longer to make sure it’s right. You only need to drill one 5mm or 8mm hole for a GearHook® or 3 for a GearRail®. Since the GearHooks® fit with a single, heavy duty fixing, you don’t have to worry about lining up 3 or 4 smaller holes. The GearRail® fits via 12mm wide slots so you can be a few mm ‘off’ when you drill the holes but the GearRail® will still be bob-on! The full instructions look long but that’s just because we like to explain things in detail. We recommend you read these before you start.
Power drill, tape measure, spirit level, 5mm wood bit or 8mm masonry bit, hammer, 5mm and/or 4mm Allen keys (long ones).
Location and position - this is important!! Measure twice, drill once!
1. Work out where to put the Hooks/rail.
Things like bike handlebars will stick out sideways from the GearHook®, or from the ends of the GearRail®. Remember to leave enough room for this, especially if you are using the double bike hooks where the bikes can be angled (by about 10 degrees).
2. Work out the height and mark the wall (see detailed instructions)
With bikes you can mount GearHooks® or GearRails® so that you don’t have to lift the bike or mount them higher up so the floor is clear. With things like skis or golf bags you need to allow enough height so the biggest/longest items don’t touch the floor.
3. Mark the centre hole at the height and position you have worked out (see above).
In wood - drill a 5mm diameter hole at least 70mm deep.
In masonry - drill a 8mm diameter hole at least 70mm deep. Avoid mortar joints.
Do not move the drill sideways while drilling otherwise the hole will be too big.
In masonry, clean out the hole (with a vacuum cleaner) and hammer in the grey, expanding fixing until the shoulder is flush with the wall. Make sure this is tight in the hole. If not, drill a new hole.
4. Screw in the Hex bolt (4mm)/clamp/washers until the GearHook® and clamp/GearRail® are touching the wall.
DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE BOLT(s).
5. For a GearRail® check it is level and drill 2 more holes, through the end slots, fit the expanding fixings if needed and tighten as above.
6. Tighten the hex bolt(s) a further half turn.
DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE BOLT(s).
7. Check the hook/rail is secure by pulling and twisting it quite hard. If it moves at all, tighten the hex bolt(s) a further half turn.
8. Repeat step 7 until the hook/rail will not move any more.
9. On a GearRail®, fit the GearHooks® in the positions you want, using the sliding nuts and hex bolts (5mm) and tighten them.
If the hook will not tighten on the wall it may be that you have chosen a weak spot in the wall or the hole you drilled is too big. In this case you will need to drill a new hole at least 20mm away from the first and use the spare expanding fixing to try again. If you continue to have problems we can send you more fixings (including a 10mm alternative which will fit in a slightly enlarged hole) free of charge. Just ask.
*** IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ***
Safe use of the GearHooks® hooks and rails, and all quoted loads, rely on the quality of the wall and how well they have been fitted. We cannot accept any responsibility for the quality of the wall to which the hooks or rails are fitted or how well they have been fitted.
If the fixing is loose, rotates or moves then the GearHooks® Hooks and Rails may not be securely fixed to the wall. This could result in damage to property or people for which we cannot be held responsible. We recommend checking (and testing if necessary) the GearHooks® Hooks and Rails when fitting, and every time you use, the product. You should check that the hook or rail is tight to the wall, not rotating or moving and that the expanding fixing is not pulling out of the wall.
We do not recommend fixing hooks or rails directly to plasterboard, lightweight block walls, or any poor quality wall.
If you have any issues like this, we are here to help. We can supply extra fixing (usually free of charge), heavier duty fixings or just some good advice. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Thanks for Choosing GearHooks®.