Anyone build a loft for fert storage?

lawntennis

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Tyrone, PA
I was wondering what kind of support (size of joists, etc) I would need to support 1 ton skids of fertilizer. I am starting to run out of room in my building.
 

phasthound

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Location
Mt. Laurel, NJ
I was wondering what kind of support (size of joists, etc) I would need to support 1 ton skids of fertilizer. I am starting to run out of room in my building.

I use pallet racks. In fact I have too many & will sell some cheap.

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grassman177

LawnSite Fanatic
hey those are nice. we kind of inverted the idea of those by building a loft for the other stuff and putting fert below(along wiht mowers) we are going to store it in shipping containers later when we buy them to free up all that space that is now needed.

i am unsure though about a loft made of wood to support all that weight, depending on how many pallets you are looking to store at a time and how long the space is.

besides the obvious things like phasthound has, my dad could answer those questions 4 u as he is a building inspector, if he does not chime in, pm him here

he is br549oicu8
 

tlg

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Michigan
I was wondering what kind of support (size of joists, etc) I would need to support 1 ton skids of fertilizer. I am starting to run out of room in my building.

If your going to build your own racks I would consult an engineer . Steel racks are probably your best bet and the weight ratings are available from the manufacturers. Why wouldn't you just double stack the pallets of fert anyway??? Racks will not really gain you any space.
 
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lawntennis

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Tyrone, PA
Originally I wanted to use the space underneath for equpment that we needed frequently and our "progress boards" . I did consult with an engineer and he was talking 2 x 16" joist with12 inch centers which was way too much money. We're just going to make due. It will be a little tight but after the first cycle we'll be fine. Thanks for the input.
 

phasthound

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Racks are the best way to go. They are built for the weight, cost less than building a loft, are fast & easy to set up and break down. You can adjust the height for each section and if your ceiling is high enough you can get a system that will stack 3-4 levels high. The one pictured holds 16 pallets.

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