Guide for installing your magnetic knife rack

1. Make a template

You need something that you can write on that's as long as the rack and preferably has a straight edge.  I like to tape together 2 or 3 pieces of printer paper.

2. Mark your template

Line up the paper so that the straight edge runs just along the tops of the keyhole slots.  Also, to make the installation easier to eyeball, mark the ends of the rack as well

 Please excuse my healing wounds.

Please excuse my healing wounds.

3. Place and level your template

Place your template on the wall, using your outside edge markings to line up where you want the rack.  Then use a level on the bottom edge of the paper to make sure it will hang evenly.

4. Mark your holes to be drilled

Use a pen or pencil and the keyhole markings of your template to mark on the wall where your holes will be drilled.

5. Drill holes

Use a 5/16" drill bit to drill holes where your markings are on the wall.

6. place anchors in holes

Depending on the type of material you drilled into, either push the anchor into the hole or tap in lightly with a hammer until the anchor is flush with the wall.

 Yes I bite my nails.

Yes I bite my nails.

 Please excuse my dirty walls.

Please excuse my dirty walls.

7. insert screws into anchors

Using either a screwdriver or electric screw gun, insert the screws into the anchors.  Tighten the screw until it won't tighten anymore (this secures the anchor) then back out of the hole leaving about 3/4" extending from the wall.  This length will have to be adjusted with later.

 Please excuse my poor picture-taking skills.

Please excuse my poor picture-taking skills.

8. Place rack on wall and adjust screw depth

This part requires a little trial and error.  Place the rack over the screws, through the keyhole slots, and slide downward into place.  Ideally, the rack should sit against the wall firmly without any wobble.  If the back of the rack isn't flush with the wall, shorten the screw.  If the rack won't slide down into place, lengthen the screw.  With a little trial and error you'll find jus the right spot for both screws.

 Who said you have to use it just for knives?

Who said you have to use it just for knives?