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Old 01-06-2019, 08:42 AM   #1
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Question Welding unistrut?

I'm putting a new garage door opener up and the old bracket the unit hangs from won't work. The joists run across the garage sideways and not lengthwise. Where the new unit will hang is just sheetrock. I have an idea for an adjustable bracket using unistrut. Can it be welded and hold good?
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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Yes you can weld it be sure to grind off galvanize.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:20 AM   #3
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Why not brace between the joists with a 2 x 6 and anchor to that?
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:28 AM   #4
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Yep, no problem. Don’t inhale the galvan
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:44 AM   #5
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Brace between the joists
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:05 AM   #6
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Drill holes through sheet rock where it needs to be mounted. Then add 2x6 cross braces over those holes between ceiling joist.


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Why not brace between the joists with a 2 x 6 and anchor to that?
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Drill holes through sheet rock where it needs to be mounted. Then add 2x6 cross braces over those holes between ceiling joist.


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The attic is decked above the garage. I'm too old and fat to be crawling around messin with all that. I got the opener up yesterday, but I want to come up with something better to hang it from.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:52 AM   #8
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Mount the brace on the ceiling then. You could use 2X 6 ‘s or a 3/4 piece of plywood screwed to the studs and then mount the regular hangers to that
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:13 AM   #9
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Mount the brace on the ceiling then. You could use 2X 6 s or a 3/4 piece of plywood screwed to the studs and then mount the regular hangers to that


This. Paint plywood white and cut to fit area needed. Secure to joist.

Or remove sheet rock add braces and replace sheetrock.


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Maybe go thru the whole thing into the decking in the attic with some all thread?
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:23 AM   #11
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Mount the brace on the ceiling then. You could use 2X 6 s or a 3/4 piece of plywood screwed to the studs and then mount the regular hangers to that
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This. Paint plywood white and cut to fit area needed. Secure to joist.

Or remove sheet rock add braces and replace sheetrock.


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That's too simple. Remember, I'm a machinist, we over design everything.
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:32 AM   #12
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that's too simple. Remember, i'm a machinist, we over design complicate everything.
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:20 PM   #13
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Brace between the joists
This. They don't actually hold that much weight. Mine had to be moved a few inches so I ran a couple 2x6s in between my joists.
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:40 PM   #14
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:59 PM   #15
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You can weld it. Don't breathe the fumes and you are better off grinding or scuffing the galvanize off before welding.
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Old 01-14-2019, 12:43 PM   #16
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if oyur mounting the unistrut to the ceiling, purchase the brackets and just bolt it all up, no welding required. its designed to be bolted together not welded ..
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Just span the Unistrut, use the captive nuts to mount your opener. No welding necessary. Unless you just got a new welder and need to air it out.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:35 PM   #18
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3 or 4 pieces of perforated angle will hang any opener regardless of joist direction
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:25 PM   #19
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I used a piece of inch and a half angel 20 inches long, studs were 18ins center
lag bolted to ceiling. then 1in. strap metal bolted to angle, put the strap in vise twisted a quarter turn punched the holes and mounted. didnt need a cross brace it was pretty stout.
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