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One of my favorite DIY's that made my shop life a lot easier :)

  • February 12, 2015
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lissa2323
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I based this on the fasttrack system that I did not like.

My reasoning is at $5 a hook, the hooks fall just as much as regular peg hooks do. You lift up a tool and BAM, there goes the hook on the floor. To me $5 a hook is already expensive. However, if you want to spend $7 a hook they make them a better quality so they dont fall. I'm not sold on that because you are already spending a fortune just to hang your tools. Keeping in mind that the hooks are really meant for other garage items and aren't really power tools.

So after 3 weeks of complete annoyance, I took back the entire system for a $50 refund.
I spent $15 and with some ingenuity I built my own system.
I have had it in place now for 3 to 4 weeks and its been a champ. Best part is no more falling hooks, which drive me nuts :)
My power tools stay put and hold strong.

So basically what I did is bought a nice straight 1x4x8, cut it to a 4 foot length.
I bought regular power tool hooks for a peg system for $1.99 each.
I drill in from the top and the front about an 1/8 or a 1/4" cant remember off hand till they met each other.
Then I drilled 2 more holes in the middle.
I fed the pegboard hook through. Once in place, I fed zip ties through to not only keep the peg hook in place from moving but I figured worst case scenario if the holes failed, it would be a back up measure to keep my tools from falling and hitting the ground (sigh)...

Anyways, the holes never failed. The unit works perfect. If you know exactly where you want all your toys hung up ahead of time, you really don't have to worry about moving them all over the place like the fast track system.

I love my little invention and plan on making more as I grow my Ryobi line in my shop...
I wanted to share this cause there might be some of you out there who would love this idea. I'm proudly displaying my green power tools and not worrying about hooks falling left and right, plus I saved a ton of money!

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  • A 3 inch drywall screw into 3/4 osb is a lot easier, cheaper and easily changed. Lots more space too.
    By Alpinealltrades, on February 25, 2015

  • Im not sure why you would want to do osb and a 3" screw... I guess i should have added i actually liked the aesthetics of the fasttrack system which is why i made my own version. I did not like the hefty price tag and poor design of the hooks. :)
    By lissa2323, on February 26, 2015

  • How about something like that for the chargers & batteries too?
    By MarshallSiemons, on March 1, 2015

  • I was actually planning on adding my charger to the next one i do but im waiting till i buy some more tools so i can space them out correctly... Batteries is an excellent idea, i didnt think of that since i only have 2 :) :) they are usually in my tools but will definitely add that as I purchase more :)
    By lissa2323, on March 1, 2015

  • i gotta do this and i work at a sawmill so I can get nice 1x4x8 if i can find or get ahold of one. i love the idea
    By MikeMoretz, on March 10, 2015

  • all my tools got burnt up. my shop caught fire. I'm looking for ideas to organize my shop once it's rebuilt and I buy new replacement tools. I feel lost without my tools and shop. thanks for the great idea.
    By vdaley, on March 10, 2015

  • Thanks so much... I appreciate the positive feedback on it :)
    By lissa2323, on March 11, 2015

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One of my favorite DIY's that made my shop life a lot easier :)

by lissa2323
Feb 12, 2015

I based this on the fasttrack system that I did not like. My reasoning is at $5 a hook, the hooks fall just as much as regular peg hooks do. You lift up a tool and BAM, there goes the hook on the floor. To me $5 a hook is already expensive. However, if you want to spend $7 a hook they make them a better quality so they dont fall. I'm not sold on that because you are already spending a fortune just to hang your tools. Keeping in mind that the hooks are really meant for other garage items and aren't really power tools. So after 3 weeks of complete annoyance, I took back the entire system for a $50 refund. I spent $15 and with some ingenuity I built my own system. I have had it in place now for 3 to 4 weeks and its been a champ. Best part is no more falling hooks, which drive me nuts :) My power tools stay put and hold strong. So basically what I did is bought a nice straight 1x4x8, cut it to a 4 foot length. I bought regular power tool hooks for a peg system for $1.99 each. I drill in from the top and the front about an 1/8 or a 1/4" cant remember off hand till they met each other. Then I drilled 2 more holes in the middle. I fed the pegboard hook through. Once in place, I fed zip ties through to not only keep the peg hook in place from moving but I figured worst case scenario if the holes failed, it would be a back up measure to keep my tools from falling and hitting the ground (sigh)... Anyways, the holes never failed. The unit works perfect. If you know exactly where you want all your toys hung up ahead of time, you really don't have to worry about moving them all over the place like the fast track system. I love my little invention and plan on making more as I grow my Ryobi line in my shop... I wanted to share this cause there might be some of you out there who would love this idea. I'm proudly displaying my green power tools and not worrying about hooks falling left and right, plus I saved a ton of money!