RealTraps - Mounting RealTraps Rigidly

Applies for door and ceiling mounting

..RIGID MOUNTING MADE EASY..

 

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Rigid mounting takes only a little more effort than using a single piece of picture wire, but it's much more secure. And the traps will always hang perfectly straight!

 

Figure 1: The three post bases slip behind the trap's mounting bars. Put the top two post bases approximately 15-1/2 inches apart, and attach the lower post base 18 inches below and centered as shown (24 inches below for Guilford MiniTraps). For horizontal or ceiling mounting, you'll use four post bases as shown in Figure 4 below.

 

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Figure 2: Attach each post base as shown. The screwdriver goes through the larger hole in the post base, though you'll need a screwdriver whose shaft is more than three inches long.

NOTE: Sometimes post bases become bent open due to being stacked when stored. In that case you should bend them as needed to make the angles closer to 90 degrees:
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Figure 3: After all three post bases are in place you can hang the trap.
RIGID MOUNTING WITHOUT WIRES

In the MiniTraps Demo Video we show MiniTraps being mounted to a door in RealTraps partner Doug Ferrara's home studio. In that video we used picture wire with a cardboard tube spacer, but we've since devised a better, more secure, method as described in this short article. Note that these instructions apply for MondoTraps and MicroTraps as well as MiniTraps, and can also be used to mount your traps rigidly to a door with an air gap.

If you plan to mount a trap on a door, be sure your door will support the weight! MicroTraps weigh only 8 pounds, so they can be mounted on pretty much any door. But MiniTraps weigh 18 pounds, and MondoTraps weigh 28 pounds, so it's best to mount these heavier traps on a solid core door having three hinges.

The steps below use three Molly bolts and three 4-inch post bases. If you're mounting the trap on a door you'll instead use wood screws. All of these items are commonly available at most hardware stores, or you can buy them from us as a kit for $15 per trap. We recommend Molly bolts meant for wall thicknesses between 1/8 and 7/8 inches. Even if your walls are only 1/2 inch thick, the longer Molly bolts are much more secure because the metal wings that expand behind the wall are longer. We like the type of Molly bolts that have a pointed tip meant to be hammered into the wall.

The first step it to determine where to place the Molly bolts that hold the post bases. Referring to Figure 1 at left, you'll install one Molly bolt for each of the three post bases. We suggest you measure carefully, and also use a level as shown above to ensure the trap will hang straight.

After hammering in the Molly bolt, tighten the screw until you feel the resistance increase slightly. Do not over-tighten! Note the two small barbs on the Molly bolt's shoulder that dig into the sheet rock to keep the bolt from turning. As you tighten the screw, push firmly on the screwdriver against the Molly bolt so the barbs stay in the wall and prevent the Molly bolt from spinning.

Then remove the screw completely, attach the post base as shown in Figure 2, and tighten the screw until it's reasonably secure. It's okay if the post bases are not perfectly tight because the trap will keep them straight once it's in place. The image below shows what happens behind the wall as the Molly bolt's screw is tightened, to help you visualize how it holds and why this type of fastener is so effective.

Once all three post bases are attached, lower the trap gently onto the post bases. Each post base will slip snugly between the mounting bars on the rear of the trap and the fabric.

Figure 4: Four post bases are needed for horizontal or ceiling mounting, using the spacings shown above.
Figure 5: To use post bases with Guilford MiniTraps, a wood block fits between the trap's mounting bar and the back of the trap.
GUILFORD MINITRAPS

Note that Guilford MiniTraps have a 3/4-inch gap between the mounting bar and rear of the panel. So for mounting those traps a small wood shim is attached to each post base as shown at left. Also, the spacing between mounting bars on Guilford MiniTraps is 24 inches, not 18 inches as stated in Figure 1 above for standard MiniTraps and MicroTraps.

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