Fixing hardtop storage brackets
A good storage method for your hardtop during the summer months is the only way to ensure that it stays undamaged.
If you have the space, then it is possible to purchase a specially designed trolley used both for storage and moving the hardtop around. Others have developed hoists to lift it up into the ceiling space in their garages, but if you have the wall space, by far the easiest and cheapest method is to use a set of hanging brackets.
These can be screwed to your garage wall, thereby keeping the hardtop up out of harms way.
Part Number: VUB101340 £ 21.03 as of February 2004
Full instructions come with the brackets, though they do not suggest the height off the ground that the brackets should be fixed. This is obviously greatly dependant upon the individual and the space available, but remember that the weight of the hardtop is quite significant and really needs two people to hang it safely.
The brackets are designed to let the hardtop hang vertically as near to the wall as possible, and therefore this tends to make hooking the clamps onto the brackets a
- Get someone to help you.
- Concentrate on hooking one side first...the second one then clips in much easier.
- Make sure you lock the clamps once it is in place.
- Get a large polythene bag (off a new bed mattress?), feed it over the bottom edge of
the hardtop and pull it up and over, sealing it with tape. You will be glad as winter
approaches to find it dust and spider free.
- If someone is liable to rest something, like a ladder, against it during the summer, cover it with
old underfelt or carpet, or at least hang a warning 'KEEP OFF' notice!
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