The Fast Track system may come with directions and hardware for you to install everything, but here’s an overview of the process and the resulting shelving units with some pictures.
These things are fairly easy to install, and come with all the needed hardware. Either through improper use on my part or a genuine weakness in their design, I had a hard time using the included drywall anchors. Instead, I picked up some #8 Tripple-grip anchors. These seemed to work very well, and were easy to install. They come complete with their own masonry bit, so that was one less thing to worry about.
Once you have all the materials that you will need, line up the rail using a stud-finder in a position that maximises the number of screws that can be drilled into studs, preferably starting with one. Once you have a start position picked out, drill a pilot hole for this screw and attach one of the screws loosely.
Make your Rails straight:
With this first screw as a support, use a level to get your rail parallel to the ground. Hold it tightly to the wall and mark each hole with a marker. Let the rail move out of position and, with the aid of a stud-finder, mark those that have studs behind them differently than the others. Drill a pilot hole for the studs, and another set of holes with a masonry bit for the drywall anchors to go into. Re-align your rail on the wall and screw everything in.
Attach the Vertical Supports:
With this done, temporarily attach the vertical supports to the horizontal rail. Mark, remove the support, and drill for a stud or drywall anchor as appropriate. Re-attach and screw everything in securely. A level or laser-level can be used to get these perfectly vertical
Once you have this done, you can attach whatever shelving unit, bike rack, or tool holder that you want to your Fast-track rails. They aren’t cheap, but when compared to what a garage costs per square foot – roughly $50 – it doesn’t seem too bad. I’ve definitely been able to more fully utilise my garage with this set, and highly recommend it!
As for my actual opinions on this system, I give more of a review of it in a previous post. As of this writing, Rubbermaid hasn’t paid me to endorse this product in any way. However, I’ve put the stuff that I use on my “aStore” under “Garage Organisation,” so you can use the same stuff that I do if you want. Or just use this link to shop for Fasttrack stuff directly on Amazon. I do get a small cut off of those links!