Can my garage wall support a heavy basketball backboard and hoop?
I have a home built 13 years ago. It's a colonial with 2x4 construction. There is a unfinished room above my garage.
I recently got a great deal on a basketball backboard and rim taken out of a gym, and plan to mount it from the side of the garage. The backboard came with heavy duty tube metal supports that were attached to the wall of the gym. The backboard is the standard 42x72" tempered glass boards used indoors and weighs about 200 lbs. Each support weighs 55 lbs each. The 2 supports are in the shape of an H, and would come horizontally off the garage wall, one at 10' and the upper one at 13' up. They also came with chains that would attach higher up on the wall. The lower support would attach at about the ceiling of the garage, and the upper one above that in the "attic" area of the garage. I bought a 2x8x10 that I have put against the inside of the studs in the attic, and plan to attach everything with 1/2" 8" long bolts through the wall. I am thinking that I won't have any structural problems, but wanted to run it by people here. Anything I should be concerned with or concious of? Thanks for any ideas.