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>> No. 2452 Anonymous
18th June 2018
Monday 10:51 pm
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Sorry to do this chaps but I need some ideas. I have been tasked with setting up vertical dividers on a concrete block wall, to support some tall & rather heavy objects. My manager doesn't have any ideas and I have only a few hundred pounds to spend on approximately 40 dividers.

Currently the best idea I have is as shown in the picture - a bunch of steel tubes cut to length, inserted into a wall flange socket such that the tube is perpendicular to the wall (pointing outwards at the person browsing the stock). I'm thinking each divider will consist of one tube at around knee height and another at shoulder height (with nothing connecting the two because the elbows and additional tubing would cost too much). Some kind of safety cap on the ends of each tube of course.

My main worry is that they simply won't support the forces one them, as the longest would need to extend around 130cm from the wall. Would greatly appreciate any better suggestions. I am aware that pre-made industrial solutions exist but they run in the hundreds of pounds for each rack.
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>> No. 2453 Anonymous
18th June 2018
Monday 11:09 pm
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A lad I know from working at Maplin is flogging their shelf panels on facebook since the administration. He'll sort you out.
>> No. 2454 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 12:04 am
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I won't do that. If one of those dividers fail and somebody gets injured you risk being held accountable. Crap always flows downhill, so if anything bad happens you risk having to pay for it. I always refused to perform weldings with any potential to cause injuries in case of failure, citing "health and safety concerns" or "lack of relevant qualifications"
>> No. 2455 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 1:10 am
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Have to agree. If you're not qualified to install something that could potentially hurt people then don't let yourself get talked into doing it. Not just for your own sake but out of essential moral principle.
>> No. 2456 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 8:29 am
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Another vote for 'fuck, no!'
a) block walls just aren't rated for loads like that, things will just tear out
b) it will be your fault.
>> No. 2457 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 10:24 am
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further - especially long unsupported poles at knee and shoulder height. Customers are going to be battering into those, swinging on them, climbing them, even without your heavy stock hanging on them. Without some vertical support at the non-wall end, this reeks of failure.
>> No. 2458 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 6:50 pm
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As other lads have said, don't take on the responsibility. Get something off-the-shelf which will come with a certificate telling you exactly how much weight you can put on it.
Shop around industrial racking suppliers to try and find something suitable.

This seems to be the sort of thing you're looking for:
>> No. 2459 Anonymous
19th June 2018
Tuesday 9:51 pm
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Ok I have taken everyone's replies into consideration (much obliged), and modified the plan to this.

I will also hire someone else to do the installation to make sure it's secure. Only ordered the parts for two dividers for now. I'll give them a stress test after installation and if all seems ok we'll go ahead with the remainder.

This is great and I appreciate the link, but
a) they don't extend far enough, and
b) the quantity needed makes the total cost about 4-5 times what we have to spend

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