Step 10: Check the Wheel

Before hanging your cookware, check and see if the wheel is 1) properly fixed in the ceiling, and 2) not leaning or crooked. The first time I attempted this, as you can see from the photo, my pot rack was very crooked because I didn't drill a straight hole in the ceiling. As I learned the hard way, it is difficult to tell if the "hanging part" of your creation is crooked until the wheel is actually on!

If your wheel is straight, congratulations! Move to the next step.

If you're looking crooked, disassemble the rack by unscrewing the carriage bolt from the coupling nut, then unscrewing the hanger bolt from the ceiling. Start at step 3 by drilling a new (hopefully straighter) hole, then repeat steps 8 and 9.
<p>This is extremely cool and great tutorial! </p>
Since pots won't always be evenly spaced around the rim - wondering if it wouldn't be a good idea to place a circular disk of metal or wood between the ceiling and the top nut to help disburse weight/pressure on the ceiling?
my wife is gonna kill me if i make one of these!!! thanks for the instructable. awsome idea. i have a bar in the kitchen with lights in the middle. think this would work there as well?
Just wanted to say thanks for your post. Easy to follow instructions and great idea. Great alternative to the $200-$300 pot/pan holder sold in store. Found the used bike rim in the classifieds for $10, and the rest of the hardware cost around $11 at home depot. Thanks!
This is a cool idea!!!! Thanks for posting this. I will try making a different use out of it though ;)

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