questionsdo you have an inexpensive storage option for use…

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I use shelf brackets mounted to the studs with 5/8" plywood ripped lenghtwise to 18" for the high stuff. You can't go wrong with 1/4" pegboard properly mounted for the easy-to-reach stuff.

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My friend built tote shelves for my garage in an afternoon. He used 4'x8' sheets of plywood halved lengthwise for the shelves, and 2"x4"s for the frame, with sturdy L brackets. The shelving unit is 16'x2' deep with three 24" tall shelves and stands about 4" from the wall. My totes are about 20" wide, so when slid in sideways they fit neatly in there and leave about 4-6" space in front for smaller items. I cut plastic sheeting to the length of the shelves and nailed it to the edge of each shelf, so all but the top shelf has protection from dirt and dust. The sheeting curtains each shelf, so I can easily lift it to access things on that shelf. The lowest shelf is about 30" up so I could slide second hand pallets I picked up at a local store for free underneath, to keep the lowest stuff off the ground. It isn't gorgeous, but it holds all my holiday stuff, my out-of-season clothes boxes, and a huge amount of art supplies in a clean, dry and accessible location.

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@sgrman05: It's mounted directly into the framework of the garage. Mounting into drywall would be a prescription for sadness. My pegboard looks as new as the day it was put up (and it's been a few years). It's very nice to just be able to look up and grab the right shovel, or loppers, when I need them.

I love tools. Really and truly.

Just read the rest of your comment. Yeah, there are brackets meant for big tools, and they take up four pegs. Then again, that's what it's for, right? The sledge hammer's the heaviest thing on it. I used to have a mawl, but I'm just too short (and too old) to swing it. I'm always afraid I'll hit something breakable (as in my bones) when I swing it. Besides, what do I need with a 25 pound hammer anyway? The ten pound sledge hammer works just fine.

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@sgrman05: Try your public library. Mine has 3 years of back issues and I can check out all but the current month. Also, I think Family Handyman did a special issue (not monthly) completely on storage. You may be able to find it at Lowe's or Home Depot.

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@shrdlu: Is the pegboard mounted directly onto plywood, or to the drywall?
I'm curious how the pegboard has withstood the abuse of the tools (weight) over the years -- I suppose the brackets (or hooks) that you use might take more than just one peg hole though...

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@tbgolladay: Excellent! Thanks! Magazine is only $10 on Amazon...thinking I might go ahead and try it out for a year!

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I love pegboard. I have it on two walls in my garage. It's mounted firmly into the frame, and good quality, and I have every hook known to man to use in it. I have everything hanging on that pegboard, from a trenching shovel to a pickaxe, and from a hedge trimmer to three different sizes of sledge hammers. Sadly I am out of cement and rock that needs busting up, so the big sledge hammer may get dusty.

I also built (ages ago) decent shelves, and all sorts of items are on them, from various hose nozzles (everyone needs a couple of deck nozzles) to sprinkler parts, and random poison crap to throw down on the ground (Round Up, Ground Clear, Weed B Gone). Having a professional mount the pegboard was probably the only expensive thing (the shelves were originally left over scrap, spray painted black). You would probably do that yourself, but I'm short, and preferred giving someone else money to do it.

Pegboard FTW!

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I've used 3/4" plywood screwed to studs to hold hangers for heavy yard tools (shovels, rakes, etc.) and pegboard with 1" X 2" furring strips around the edges to hang lighter stuff. Harbor Freight and Walmart are good sources for pegboard hooks of all kinds.

Family Handyman magazine has several articles online about different storage systems you can build, from simple to complex:

http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Garage-Storage/easy-garage-storage-solutions

http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Garage-Storage/building-a-garage-storage-wall

http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Garage-Storage/garage-storage-systems

http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Garage-Storage/garage-storage-projects-pegboard-storage-and-bin

Their site seems to not be responding. I've got two more links I'll post later, Or, just search for "garage storage" on their site. They have a lot of articles.