|Who oh DIY
||[May. 20th, 2010|10:18 pm]
I thought I'd take the last night before I travel to finish some waiting DIY. Fortunately my dad had idiot proofed the idea of putting up shelves for me. He made some vertical brackets which fitted to the wall, some horizontal brackets which attach to the top of them, some diagonal crosspieces with doweling to make it all strong and some actual shelves to attach. Brilliant. All I have to do is screw the vertical brackets to the wall. I've even had screws provided, no bother. I can have two shelves fitted in my boiler cupboard and it will look great.|
I want the ironing board to sit underneath the shelves so I measured it carefully so the bottom of the lowest vertical bracket was just above the ironing board. Initially I forgot about the size of the brackets and had to remeasure for the second (higher shelf) but soon I got the bottom of it's bracket fixed too, about eye level for me... a little high for a shelf but bearable. They screwed into the walls pretty easily and all went up like a dream.
Did you spot it? Did you? If you didn't then you've no right to feel superior to me. I'd measured where the shelves should be to the bottom of the vertical brackets but, in fact the shelves sit on the TOP of them. This means that the *lowest* shelf is about eye level to me. The *highest* shelf is in fact more than two metres off the ground and I could not see what was on the shelf or reach things off it without jumping. Oh dear. It is fixed very securely but you know that does not seem such an achievement. The bad thing is it did not even occur to me until I came to actually put the shelves onto the brackets.
Oh well. 50% of the shelves are up.
Ikea sell a very sturdy and handy little wooden step stool thing which takes 20 mins to put together and lasts forever. I love mine.
*laugh* I couldn't live with myself knowing the shelves are 30cm higher than they need to be and I'm using a stool because I can't be bothered to take the highest one down and move it to the bottom.
2010-05-21 06:46 am (UTC)
They're fab, aren't they? garklet
has one in the downstairs loo, and it's fully toddler-proof.
i have two one for getting into the loft and one i use to put my humungous cheese plant on ...
you could keep your unmentionables on teh top shelf - that way ppl who shouldnt see it will not and only if you get the step out will they be vis...
2010-05-21 06:56 am (UTC)
Jeez. Step away from the screwdriver.
I live in fear that I'll login to LJ and find that you've managed to self-immolate in a freak accident involving a tap washer, a 13A fuse, a 4" length of masking tape and an inadequate drywall fixing.
Fortunately it's in a cupboard so no humans need know about this one unless they want to fix my boiler.
Well, given I've more faith in your father's construction skills than your own, I guess the only option is to unscrew it from the wall, fill the holes and refit it all lower down.
Mind you, I've not done that well over the last couple of weekends in the DIY department: in one morning I used a chainsaw, angle grinder, power drill, circular saw and a hammer without any issues. Then cut my finger getting a mug out of the cupboard for a cup of tea. The following weekend I was 6m up a ladder for some time, with no problems. Then twisted my ankle stepping off the bottom step of a step-stool.
I guess the only option is to unscrew it from the wall, fill the holes and refit it all lower down.
That is, indeed, the plan. On the other hand, out of sight out of mind and the higher shelf is out of sight.
The following weekend I was 6m up a ladder for some time, with no problems. Then twisted my ankle stepping off the bottom step of a step-stool.
You see -- it's always the easy bits that are the problem.
unscrew it from the wall, fill the holes and refit it all lower down
If it's only moving 30cm straight down, you may be able to reuse some of the holes, saving a bit of bother and marginally reducing the chances of further DIY disaster stories.
Nah... the easiest way is quite definitely leaving the "lower" shelf in place and fitting the other one below it. The "lower" shelf is already at eye level.
Lovely weather for the time of year.