You walk through miles of drywall every day. It’s at home, at the office, and in any store, you visit. Drywall has several names: wallboard, sheetrock, gypsum wallboard, plasterboard, or, more commonly, drywall. Despite the prevalence of drywall in our daily lives, very few people know how it is made.
What is Drywall?
Drywall is a building material that is used to create both ceilings and walls. It is also used to build several design features, including ledges, arches, and other architectural specialties. Drywall is straightforward and effortless to install, astonishingly durable, and it requires simple repairs when damaged.
In the world of commercial construction, the drywall board is used to wrap columns to hide steel beams. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to finish masonry walls on the ceiling and is also used to add fire resistance. This contains the spread of fire so that people can safely evacuate in an emergency.
Before the drywall was widely used, the interior of buildings was made of plaster. For hundreds of years, walls and ceilings have been built by placing layers of wet plaster on thousands of strips of wood, called shavings. Wet plaster would eventually harden to form walls, but the installation and repair processes were long and challenging to do well.
The creation of plaster walls required the application of several layers, with extended drying time between each layer. In addition to the long installation period, plastering required much work and required expert artisans who worked for weeks on a small area of a wall.
Walls that would take weeks to build with plaster could be completed in a few days with drywall. This building method is also cheaper than plastering. Damaged drywall can be repaired quickly and easily too.
How to Hang Bike Hooks in Drywall
- Get a wall mount rack for bikes at your local bike store or online. Choose a horizontal or vertical wall mount, depending on how you want to store your bike. A vertical rack is an excellent option if you want to save space on the wall. Choose a horizontal rack if you’re going to hang your bike on the wall.
- Measure your bike to get its exact length. Measure the length of your bike if you are using a vertical bike rack or the height of your bike if you are using a horizontal bike rack.
- Hold the bike mount on the wall where you want to hang the bike. Please do not place the shelf too high, or the bike may touch the roof when it is suspended. Once the frame is in place, mark where all of the frame screw holes line up with the wall. Most bike racks have two screw holes. If you are using a horizontal bike rack, make sure the distance between the ground and the bike rack is higher than the height of the bike. If you are using a vertical bike rack, make sure the distance from the ground to the bike rack is higher than the breadth of the bike.
- Use a drill to drill the wall in marked places. Make sure the drilled holes are deep enough to fit the screws. Use a bit slightly smaller than the screws supplied with the bike mount. For example, if the bike carrier comes with 5mm (1/5 in) screws, use a 4mm (5/32 in) bit.
- Insert a wall plug into each hole. Wall outlets will provide the screws that will be used for mounting the bike mount. Use wall plugs the same size as the screws supplied with the bike mount. You can find these at your local hardware store.
- Align the bracket with the holes and tighten it in place. Use a screwdriver to fasten the screws supplied with the bike mount into the wall sockets. Continue screwing until it no longer turns.
- Hang your bike on a bike rack. If you are using a vertical bike rack, hook the bike rack to the front tire. If you are using a horizontal bike rack, place the upper frame tube on the bike rack.
Here’s a video showing you how to fix the bike hooks for a vertical set-up (credit to JONofALLtrades):
What Are Some Other Ways To Store Your Bike?
Create A Bike Storage In Your Desk
How is it for a great bike storage idea? By effectively killing two birds with one stone, this method will help you to integrate your bike into your table, with slots to hold the tires in place.
Wall Mounted Bike Storage Hooks
If you are like me, then keeping them on the wall is probably the best option. Also, this type of bicycle storage is ideal if you do not have much space, because the hook is tiny and saves space when you hang the mountain bike.
Use Your Bike Storage As A Room DividerA partition and bicycle storage in one? This bike parking stand accomplishes just that. Unusual, yes, but it is a perfect way to store your bike while giving your room a different feel.
Store Your Bike On The Ceiling
If your home has very high ceilings, use this extra wall space to store your bike. If you can, you can also store your bikes on the roof of the garage or in the shed. A simple mount screwed to the wall will do the trick.
Buy A Safe Metal Cover
If storing your bike indoors isn’t just an option, you’ll need a very secure outdoor setup. Get yourself a metal safe that will be screwed onto concrete. This storage method will give you more space in your room while your bike is secured outside.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using a Drywall
If you are considering installing a drywall at home, here is a list of the pros and cons of it.
- Easier to install
- The work can be completed much faster
- Does not block sound properly
- Large sheets can be challenging to handle with one person and may require plasterboard.
The decision to fix bike hooks in a drywall is up to you. Regardless, make sure to take safety precautions while working on DIY projects. Always have a first aid kit on hand, and wear safety goggles while operating drills or machinery. Finally, make sure someone is near you in case of an emergency.