Wine racking does not need any difficult work to fix it in place; any competent handy person can do it!
If you can fix up a bookshelf, without depositing your books on the floor, you should be able to fix a wine rack in place. But remember if a wine rack falls down you will get rather more mess and some expensive breakages!
Small wine racks
Small Racks up to approx. 36 holes can be "wall hung", provided you can fix them securely!
We recomend a minimum fixing to be four screws, one in each corner brace. They will require to be screwed to the wall with "No 8" screws at least 50mm long with good raw plugging or onto battens.
Fixing onto partition walling of the timber/plasterboard type, or "dry lined" walls, will not be possible unless you can screw into the underlying timbers.
For added security or piece of mind we would also recoment a couple of shelf brackets be used underneath to give added support. This would also lessen the tendency for the front of the rack to "droop".
All racks more than 36 Bottles
Larger racks need to be based on the floor or a very secure shelf / plinth, so that the weight of rack AND bottles is securely supported.
They are then screwed back to the wall with "No 8" screws raw plugged etc. The fixing to the walls is to prevent movement NOT to take any weight.
Packing under the racks should be used to even out any slight variation in floors and walls. Where you have very uneven floors in old buildings then a firm flat base needs to be established under the racking. Contact us and we can suggest a number of methods we have used to level various floors.
There should be NO forward tilt on the rack once fixed in place.
With thick or old plaster it is desirable to use a long screw to ensure that you have a solid fixing into the brickwork of the building.
Where the wall is either not vertical (e.g. in a cellar with a barrel construction) or very uneven then it might be necessary to screw a run of battening (with suitable packing) to the wall first to establish a consistent fixing point.
Where a wall has a skirting board there will be a gap between the wall and the top of the rack equivalent to the depth of the skirting board. Assuming the wall is vertical!
Ideally between the Rack and the Wall you will need to put some form of spacer when screwing the top support for the rack of equivalent depth to the skirting. A small block of wood with a hole in it will do, or you may find a suitable spacer, probably sold as a door stop, at your local hardware shop (the old fashioned type who has a box with everything in it!). Use this as a deep washer when screwing in - remember to use a longer screw!
In modern buildings where the skirt is only about 20mm thick or with racks taller than 12 bottles, you could ignore this difference. After a week or so gravity will cause the front of the rack to settle onto the floor. Any slight downward tip to the bottle will not be noticeable and there will be no danger of the bottles sliding out as friction will hold them in the racks.
It is quite common for racks to be installed in passageways or other areas e.g. garages where people pass regularly often carrying goods or even pushing trolleys etc. In such areas it is very easy to accidentally hit the bottle necks sticking forward from the racks particularly the bottom row. We recommend in any such area you build a small plinth about 100mm high with a minimum depth of 325mm onto which the rack is mounted. Although this may not stop all damage it should prevent trolleys etc being driven into your wine bottles.
See separate instructions.