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What screws should I use for my floating Ikea bookshelf?

I recently purchased a floating bookshelf from Ikea. The following links are to the bookshelf and to the assembly directions of the bookshelf. https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40103751/ ...
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Can I Remove One Side of Wall for Shelves

Our bathroom is a bit small and I want to take advantage of all the space I can for making shelves. I would like to remove the drywall on the bathroom side of an interior wall between 2 studs and use ...
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How to hang a shelf in an invisible manner?

I recently decided to start building my own furniture whenever I could. To start small, I decided to go with a design’ish shelf that right now looks like that: I’d obviously like to hang it on the ...
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Recess AV Cabinet in Bonus Room

We have a bonus room on the top story of our house. The room is built inside the attic; on the other side of every wall is open attic space. I want to use this space to recess our AV equipment in a ...
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Does a router smooth edges significantly more than a jigsaw?

My first experiment with a jigsaw produced a nicely rounded shelf, but it's terribly rough. I am considering reducing the labor needed to properly sand it by getting another toy: a router. A nice side ...
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Hollow-core door shelves bracketed with 3 pieces of 1x1?

I want to build shelves for a linens closet. I plan to use hollow core door as the shelf material. The doors are 15" deep, and after cutting will be ~70" long. I need to come up with a way to brace ...
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How to permanently secure shelves for built-ins

I have used a set of Billy book selves from Ikea to create a built-in unit. I will be placing the shelves in place, then filling the rest of the holes (which allow for adjustment of the shelves). The ...
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Anchor identification for custom shelving

Rookie hardware question: my father built our kids some custom shelves and gave me several sets of these wall anchors/bolts to install them. I know this is a wall anchor system but looks significantly ...
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Can this wall support books on track shelving? [closed]

I would like to install a track shelving system on a wall to hold books, and want to ensure that the setup could hold the load safely (and also not destroy the wall). I’ve found mixed info* and am ...
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Possible to have too many storage shelves on walls? (re: weight limit?)

I've been putting shelves on the unfinished side of the basement but they are really heavy. I've used a mix of 5/8" and 3/4" shelves: I'd like to install more shelving to the right of the ...
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Molly bolt weight limits for wall shelving (no access to the 2x4's in the wall behind drywall)

I would like to know what the weight limit for molly bolts for my particular application that I plan on inserting into the wall. The image below is of my project. I plan to install shelving on the ...
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What length bracket is required to hold 1.25" thick wood shelving with 11" depth?

I have heavy wood shelves about 1.25" thick and extend 11" from the wall, with differing lengths ranging from 34" to 100". I've noticed that even shelf brackets that are even 5-6&...
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How do you calculate the weight capacity of a shelf?

I have a shelf that is about 4 feet long 2 feet wide and 1 1/2 inch thick. I would like to place an item on it that weighs about 90 pounds. I want to know if it will hold that and I don't know how to ...
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Are these screws adequate for securing a 304 stainless steel shelf bracket?

I have a bunch of 304 stainless steel shelf L brackets, they are thick brackets, ~6 gauge steel (5mm). They have 5 holes, long side has 3, and the short side has 2. All are 5mm in diameter, though ...
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Affix Wood Shelving Unit to Studs

I have a freestanding wooden shelving unit I want to secure to the studs on the wall as they're leaning forward. However, I'd only be able to secure 1 side since the studs measure ~23" apart whereas ...
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What length toggle bolt to use?

I'm looking to install some floating shelves (I originally wrote "cabinets", sorry) in my apartment and want to put some moderately heavy things on them (likely under 100 pounds over a 48 inch long ...
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Garage shelf supports splitting and need to be supported. What is best?

The shelves in my garage have some cracks in the wood on two fo the horizontal supports. They haven't grown much, but the cracks are growing slowly. I would like to fix the issue without taking all of ...
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Am I allowed to put a wall standard within 18" of a fire sprinkler?

From my understanding, in San Francisco, CA, there is a code requirement that you cannot obstruct an area within 18 inches of a fire sprinkler. What is meant by obstruction? Say, you installed one of ...
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Designing a Half-Suspended Shelf

I'd like to make a shelf from 17mm (2/3") thick plywood, whose back will be affixed to a brick wall and its front will be suspended by metal cables from a concrete ceiling (e.g. something with the ...
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Heavy Duty Floating Shelves for Kitchen

BACKGROUND: Remodeling our kitchen and SWMBO wants open shelving on one wall versus piecing together 10' of upper cabinets. The lower cabinets on this wall will actually have a big 33" sink and lots ...
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Filling holes in book shelves

I've used Billy book selves from Ikea to create a built-in unit along a wall. I am going to put the shelves up inline, then I need to fill the rest of the holes which are in the sides. After the holes ...
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Wall shelving: 2 or 3 brackets?

I am trying to build wall shelves in this little nook here. The space is 52 inches long. I'm using these wooden brackets from Ikea: But I am unsure whether to use 2 brackets, or 3. (2 would be ...
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L Shaped floating shelf of custom length

I need to get an L-shaped floating shelf of custom length. It shall go into the corner where my WFH desk exists. Most floating shelves I get are quite small. I need something that is 1m on one side ...
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How much weight can studs hold for several rows of shelves?

I am planning on fitting 6 shelves one above the other to a plasterboard wall. I've identified where two studs are and plan to use two j brackets for fitting each shelf. I can't find much advice ...
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Built in bookcase/shelves within alcove of non-plumb sides

I am planning to build a bookcase/shelving unit on top of my existing unit, however I'm trying to get my head around how I can best adapt/scribe this to the walls on all 3 sides... The left wall ...
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Can a walnut veneer be glued onto white melamine board?

I have some adjustable wall shelves I am installing on my wall. I am using the double slotted standards and adjustable brackets. See photo of the wall standards in place. After pricing out solid ...
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Supporting a freestanding "wall" (vertical cantilever) [closed]

I'm building a freestanding "wall" in my garage, for storage. Click any image to embiggen It's obviously incomplete in the photo (it's also only temporarily floating off the ground). I'll be ...
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Is there electricity in this wall?

I am trying to put up some shelves so am using a Bosch Truvo detector to find hazards in the wall. It appears to be giving inconsistent readings. I have recalibrated the unit according to the manual. ...
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I'm using a biscuit joiner and my butt joints are about 1/16 off. Am I doing something wrong?

I feel like I'm using the joiner right -- making, say, an inverted U, I: set up my reference marks on both pieces so they match clamping the sides to my work bench and aligning the biscuit joiner ...
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Wood glue sufficient to repair separated shelf?

My home has a 17” x 36” x 1” shelf that appears to have only been secured by glue to the surface above it. It’s separated slightly but hasn’t moved much in 2 years: The shelf has extra bracing wood ...
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What is this grill-like thing on my chain link fence?

New house, just found this in far backyard, behind a tree and under a jungle of vine weeds I ripped out. Seems like an odd place. What might it be, or used for?
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How can I mitigate water contact with a 2x4 screwed into concrete floor?

In my unfinished basement I am going to be installing some cantilever shelving along the walls. Basically using 2x4's attached to the joists, with a carriage bolt, and to the floor... likely using a ...
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How can I fix a Ikea Kallax shelf door

I have an Ikea Kallax bookshelf which has these insert doors. I bumped the door and ripped it off. What would be a good way to fix it? It looks like this happened before 😅 From the other side Is ...
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How to mount 18mm MDF Shelves on plasterboard/drywall hollow wall (no studs)?

I have had some 18mm (0.7") MDF cut to make some shelving in an alcove between my shower room and main hallway. It's 18.5cm (7.2") deep by 196.5cm (77") long I have been considering the best way to ...
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Can I paint plain particle board shelves?

I recently purchased a house and the kitchen cabinets have particle board shelves with no vaneer or vinyl wrap. Can I just paint them or will this cause future issues?
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Mount Nissedal mirror away from the wall

I have an shallow space which I would like to use for some additional storage, with a mirror as a door. The space is only 15cm deep, so I've not been able to find something that I could buy to fill ...
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Stop water pooling on a shower pocket shelf?

I have just moved into a new place and the walk in shower has a great, but flat, pocket shelf cut into the back wall. However the water pools after every shower which requires me to pick up all the ...
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Is a horizontal hang track necessary for wire shelving installation?

Can I install 2/4 shelves on three of four vertical standards without using a horizontal hanger? Verticals will be going into studs.
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Installing shelf over block construction walls, plus more

I'm in Florida. Exterior walls are concrete block, then rigid foam insulation with randomly located wood furring strips, then a double layer wall covering (sheetrock covered by a layer of concrete ...
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What distance apart should Elfa vertical wall brackets be?

I would like to install an Elfa system in a storage room under the stairs, but cannot find out what distance apart the vertical wall brackets should be placed at. I checked the website but could not ...
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Can Closetmaid wall clips be reinstalled after painting? [closed]

I have Closetmaid wire shelving in my laundry room. I want to remove these so I can paint the walls. Can I re-use the clips to re-install the shelves once I finish painting? Thanks for any help!
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Where are the wall studs?

I'd like to put upright brackets above my sewing table, but I can't seem to locate the studs. The wall is shared with my neighbor in an apartment building. My stud finder was giving me some ...
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Can I suspend garage storage from the ceiling alone?

I am planning to build garage overhead storage using 2x4 similar to this. My questions are: Do they need to have one side support from side wall or can I have them both side attached to ceiling ...
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Wooden shelf with flat brackets?

What is the name of bracket type where a shelf sits in a closet or space between two walls but only flat wooden bars screwed into the wall on each side are holding it up rather than brackets? And what ...
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What are the methods of attaching cable to OSB

I'm making a shelf from a sheet of OSB, I'm planning to rig it with 4 cables in the corners. From the answer to this question: How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf? - I get it ...
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Supporting sliding ladder rail from sides of small closet?

I'd like to build a rolling ladder for my tall office closet using a kit. However, the shelving is metal ClosetMaid/Elfa-style and can't support a rod for the ladder to slide along. My thought is ...
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How do I put up shelving that won't sag? [closed]

What is the best way to put up a single shelf at top of wall to go all the way around the room for books
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Is there such a thing as a horizontal tension rod shelf?

I want to put up a shelf going the width of a narrow hallway, but cant do any drilling in the walls (our walls are terrible and I rent so I don't want to do any damage). I thought about suspending a ...
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How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?

In the kitchen of our new house, there is a slightly unusual extension to the side of one of the cupboards where the wall has been covered by a flat piece of veneered chipboard, the same finish as ...
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How do you secure pre-built garage shelving to the frame?

We have built the typical free-standing 4-level garage shelves(similar to this) & want to secure it to the house frame in the garage. The whole thing is pretty sturdy but we just want to be safe &...
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