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Worth the Money and Trouble
 from Los Angeles,  Jan 6, 2011

After some research, I discovered pot racks come in a range of sizes, designs, materials, and prices (especially prices). After a pretty exhaustive search online and in stores, I bought this one online because it seemed (from the picture) to give me the best value by far - big enough, well-built enough, pretty enough. None of its features knocked me out, but it was the best all-around. I mean, I could have bought an elegant hand-built copper model that would have been stunning …for $1300…but I'm not made of money; the choice was easy. When I opened the box, it was pretty much as advertised - good quality, hefty stainless steel, decently built grids, etc. My only disappointment was that the "seams" where the two curved parts bolt onto the central square part was much more noticeable than in the picture. This detracts from the smooth elegant look single piece racks have. But once installed with pots hanging, it looked great. My wife adores it…very practical and makes our beautiful kitchen even more so. Mounting this thing was a challenge. Simple concept, but determining the exact locations of four separate anchors with light fixtures in the way was a bear. The fixtures prevented me from drawing/measuring lines directly between the anchor points. One of my anchors ended up off 1/2" and I notice it. On top of that, if you aren't lucky enough to have joists in the right places, you either have to open the ceiling or get into the attic to add wood between joists, or use some type of anchor. I was able to put two anchors into one joist, but the other two went into drywall. I used HILTI snap-toggle bolts I got from Home Depot. Although using toggle bolts isn't ideal, this particular type of toggle bolt is very strong and spreads the weight out behind the drywall. They are supposed to support 200 lbs each. In my case they are each probably supporting only 30 lbs max, so I feel comfortable. FYI, I worked hard getting it hanging exactly level, only to find it didn't matter much, because the level changes depending on where you hang pots.

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