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Unistrut cross bars

This topic came up in a different thread but it didn't relate the the OP's question, so I'm starting a new thread. First of all, all props go to member SAL for the idea.

I'm using the shallow strut, 12 guage. I cut mine to 60" for 2 reasons.

1: they come in 10' lengths so 60" is right in half
2: I wanted them to be longer than the width of a sheet of plywood

So far I have cut mine to length and painted them. I first used primer, then sprayed with rustolium, black, hammered finish. They look great!

Now I'm trying to figure out what to use to space the bars up off the rails a little to clear the roof. I did however discover that unistrut channel nuts fit inside the roof rail near perfectly

I will add some pics when I get home tonight

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I just got longer bolts and added a spacer between the strut and the rail.


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What did you use for a spacer? I thought about a stack of washers, but I would like to be able to paint it
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Hi,

To go along with your strut's origin, you may use some 1/2" PVC conducts as spacers. They wont rust and will handle alot of weight without compressing...

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At first I stacked nuts for spacers then I found some left over plastic tubes that work pretty good. You could cut some conduit to size you can paint that and it's cheap.


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PVC is not a bad idea. I would use some 3/4 or 1" to gain a larger base. 1/2" is smaller than the width of the strut and may not be as stable
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i just checked and 1" pvc has an O.D. that matches the width of the strut
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Sweet looking good man!


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Trax95008,

What kind of unistruts are these ? You know that there are tougher ones with thicker walls, higher sides and that are much much stronger... I haven't seen plans of your project but what you will save in weight, you will loose big time in flexing, distorsion and auto-destruction via vibrations... My unasked 2...

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