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    Hello all... i'm just getting started with speed bagging and picked up this setup:

    http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.c..._1966_15557570

    It seems to be pretty sturdy (for the price), but my problem is mounting it. I'd like to mount it in my basement but all the walls are metal studs. The platform has lag bolts for mounting into wood studs, but those will probably just strip right out of the metal studs.

    What i was planning on doing was taking two horizontal strips of 1x4 (or 2x4) and mounting those across 3-4 studs with toggle bolts, then using the lag bolts to screw into those wood strips.

    I inquired about this at my local Home Depot and they told me that they wouldn't recommend the toggle bolts with steel studs.

    a) does the guy i talked to at Home Depot have any clue what he's talking about?

    b) what is the recommended setup for steel studded walls - i know it's less than ideal, but i really dont have any other choice in terms of locations for mounting.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Hi Abstraction

    I have never had to hang a speed bag unit on METAL STUDS. I know that is all the rage in modern construction and I would think someone would know how to deal with that. Actually, it's an excellent topic for more and more people will encounter all metal framing.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Speedbag View Post
      Hi Abstraction

      I have never had to hang a speed bag unit on METAL STUDS. I know that is all the rage in modern construction and I would think someone would know how to deal with that. Actually, it's an excellent topic for more and more people will encounter all metal framing.
      Thanks.... hopefully someone can chime in here!
      I've seen articles on mounting Plasma TV brackets with toggle bolts... and some of those weigh 75-100lbs. My platform is fairly cheap, so it's nowhere near that heavy, but it obviously cantilevers out from the wall significantly more than a TV would, so i'm somewhat torn on what to do. i have a box of bolts, a few strips of 1x4's and some lagbolts... i'm just waiting for someone to tell me that i'm not completely stupid for trying this

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      • #4
        Is there any way to drill all the way through the wall and use bolts and washers? That seems to me to be the sturdiest option because the steel studs aren't made of very thick material.

        I honestly don't know much about this type of construction either.

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        • #5
          Im sory to say that its a bad Idea from the start. 1/4 inch toggle bolts would be the best way I know. But I would not even recomend that. If it is your home you could find the studs cut out a 16" x ? inch square out of the drywall and brace your studs horzontaly then patch the drywall and mount your platform to that. but other than that its pretty much a lose lose situation.

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          • #6
            I can't go right through the wall to the other side as there's a room there that i would like to keep untouched. I would prefer not to have to cut/patch the drywall if at all possible...

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            • #7
              Someone must know a contractor or decorator who hangs heavy items on metal framed walls. It can't be that hard.

              can it??

              links of interest:

              Attaching Cabinets To Steel Studs

              Hanging IKEA wall cabinets on drywall with metal studs

              Hanging large signs on metal stud wall
              Last edited by Speedbag; 10-02-2007, 01:28 AM.
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              • #8
                So i've finally got it mounted... (credit to my dad for the design!)

                The solution was to to take a couple pieces of 8' UniStrut. They're anchored in the floor with a couple concrete anchors, and in the ceiling to a piece of wood that's screwed into the joists. It's pretty solid if you ask me... i'm not hardcore or anything, so i'm sure it'll hold up just fine. Here's a couple pictures for reference.
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                • #9
                  Wow, man that is a really original idea. Looks like solid construction. Great job.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Speedbag View Post
                    Wow, man that is a really original idea. Looks like solid construction. Great job.
                    Thanks!

                    The great part is that because its unistrut, the mounts are very easily height adjustable... just loosen the bolts, slide to the right position, and tighten again.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Abstraction View Post
                      Thanks!

                      The great part is that because its unistrut, the mounts are very easily height adjustable... just loosen the bolts, slide to the right position, and tighten again.
                      I'd like to see more pictures of that to fully understand how the vertical struts that hold and support the board, and how the board is adjusted up or down.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Speedbag View Post
                        I'd like to see more pictures of that to fully understand how the vertical struts that hold and support the board, and how the board is adjusted up or down.
                        Not sure how clear it is in this picture. but you can see that on the inside of the strut its not a traditional nut. here's a better diagram:
                        http://www.unistrutcincinnati.com/blue-gray-bolt.jpg

                        The actual black speedbag platform mount (in the first set of pictures i posted) has four mounting holes. They're bolted into the unistrut using those same anchors. the springs don't do anything but keep the anchors from sliding around while you're trying to screw them in. To adjust the platform, i just need someone to hold the platform while i loosen the 4 bolts, adjust the height, then tighten again.

                        I hope that makes sense?

                        Anyway - it doesn't look like a lot, but these things can support a tonne of weight. they're used in a lot of mechanical and electrical installations, shelving, etc.
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