My wife and I recently bought a pair of kayaks, but didn't really have a good way to transport them. So we stopped at the local hardware store on the way back from a hiking adventure, and I went to work on an easily removable and fully adjustable utility rack for our truck to haul our kayaks without loosing any bed space.
So grab your drill, and get to work!
Step 1: Tools and Materials
I got everything necessary for this project at a home improvement store for under $100. It would have been a bit less, but I didn't have any bolts in stock in the size that I wanted...
- Safety Goggles (SERIOUSLY!)
- Drill with various drill bits and a driver
- Saw to cut metal (I used a reciprocating saw)
- Sandpaper or Grinder
- Screwdriver (I used Phillips and a Flathead)
- Wrench (I used 7/16 boxed end)
- Measuring Tape
- Pair of Yard sticks (not necessary, but it helped me)
Since this rack will need to fit your truck bed, your exact measurements may be different than mine...
- 1 1/2" diameter Conduit (Mine came in lengths of 10', in total I used about 11')
- 1" diameter Conduit (Mine came in lengths of 10', in total I used 2 x 6' pieces)
- 1/2" diameter Conduit (Mine came in lengths of 10', in total I used 2 x 80" pieces)
- 4 x 1/4" coarse 1/2" long bolts with flat washers, lock washers, and nuts
- 8 x #4 conduit collars - needs to fit the 1 1/2" pipe
- 4 x #2 conduit collars- needs to fit the 1" pipe
- 4 x #0 conduit collars - needs to fit the 1/2" pipe
- 8 x 1/4" wingnuts (The bolt thread on my conduit collars was 1/4" coarse)
- Electric Tape
- 8 x Smaller self-tapping screws
- 2 x 6' Foam Pipe insulation for 1" pipe (typically found with PVC pipes in plumbing section)
- 2 x 6' Foam Pipe insulation for 1/2" pipe (typically found with PVC pipes in plumbing section)
- 4 x Threaded adjustable Hook and Eye (Found in hardware by the bolts and such)
- Zip Ties