Skip to main content
32 votes
Accepted

How can I prevent the nuts in my shelving from coming loose?

If you use a product known generically as anaerobic thread locker, you will prevent the rotation of the fastener unless it is done by a wrench. Locktiteā„¢ is one such brand name, although many other ...
fred_dot_u's user avatar
  • 10.9k
31 votes
Accepted

How to remove a shelf fastener with a round head and no slot

That's an expanding plug anchor as is commonly supplied by closet system manufacturers. Pull the nail out by the head (a locking plier works well), then pull the plastic plug out. Here's a ...
isherwood's user avatar
  • 139k
31 votes

How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

The Easy Way Fortunately, you're holding up a model train, not an actual train, so you can take some liberties. The hard part is following the rounded, off-square corners; the easy way to work ...
batsplatsterson's user avatar
25 votes

How do I know whether a bookcase will rack/sag/twist if hung using butt hinges as a (non-secret) "door"?

Do you really think that will work? Imagine you took the same model of bookcase, and screwed it to the wall edge-on* by driving screws through one sidewall of the bookcase into a vertical stud/...
Harper - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
23 votes

Closet system to be installed - boards in the way

Those 2x4's are almost certainly the remnants of a previous shelf support and are certainly not structural elements. You can safely remove them.
brhans's user avatar
  • 6,838
23 votes

How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

You don't. You transfer cut marks. You don't need to make a paper plan of your cuts. Just lay the shelves on each wall. Don't attempt to span a whole wall with 1 shelf board, it should always be ...
Harper - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
23 votes
Accepted

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelf before or after carpet?

Before. I have done both and you can certainly do it either way but it is easier (and cheaper) more sturdy to fasten and shim the bottom to the floor without carpet in the way and because of the ...
DMoore's user avatar
  • 49.1k
21 votes

Wall shelves, hooks, other wall-mounted things, without drilling? Double-sided tape maybe?

For lighter loads, I've become fond of 3M's "command" adhesive strips. These are designed to both hold well and release easily (though you do need to leave the pull-tab exposed to get that ...
keshlam's user avatar
  • 29.8k
20 votes
Accepted

Did I make a major mistake on my garage shelves?

"Structural" applies to load-bearing walls and the like. I think you're safe. From what i can tell in the picture, unless you're storing engine blocks on them, you should be fine.
Solz's user avatar
  • 374
20 votes

Will floating pantry shelves built with 2x2s be ok?

"In a pantry" indicates that they could be hold up piles of plates and glasses, or 5-10 pound bags of flour, sugar, potatoes, etc, or just cans of soup or vegetables. That will, pretty ...
FreeMan's user avatar
  • 47.4k
19 votes

Wall shelves, hooks, other wall-mounted things, without drilling? Double-sided tape maybe?

The simplest solution to "shelves over a desk without drilling the wall" is a freestanding shelf - either supported directly by the desk surface, or from the floor just outside the edges of ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 218k
17 votes

Built-In Shelves/Bookcases - IKEA vs Built

I have experience with both. I'll try to answer your bullets and then some other thoughts. Which adds more to a home's value? Well, typically bookcases don't add to the value because some people ...
JPhi1618's user avatar
  • 28k
16 votes

How can I prevent the nuts in my shelving from coming loose?

The answer is simple: Lock washer. It looks like a washer but it's split, and slightly bent to form a spring compression against both surfaces and locks them together. Hence, "lock washer." There are ...
Katastic Voyage's user avatar
15 votes

Securing a glass set of shelves to a glass wall

If we let OP do the parenting and focus on attaching a tube to glass in a harsh outdoor environment: Get a security anchor base plate AKA "cable lock anchor". The linked one is just an ...
jay613's user avatar
  • 39.5k
13 votes

How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

I'd suggest going with the plywood over the particle board. Will probably be a lot lighter, and probably more dimensionally stable as well. Depending on your scenery goals, I might suggest using 1/2"...
Milwrdfan's user avatar
  • 4,792
13 votes

Did I make a major mistake on my garage shelves?

I think generally, shelves are non-structural. Structural use is building a house. Although I bet those 2 could use your good-looking shelves as a sweet fort structure! That doesn't count. My idea:...
Willk's user avatar
  • 6,593
12 votes

How can I prevent the nuts in my shelving from coming loose?

An even cheaper solution is locknuts, which are different to nyloc nuts. Locknuts are simply second nuts threadded on at the same time as the main load bearing nut. Then you oppose the two nuts by ...
Criggie's user avatar
  • 10.7k
12 votes

How do I make around-the-room shelves for a seriously skewed room?

Just four simple cuts. I would use slightly oversized brackets and leave a gap against the wall. It might actually make for a nice floating effect. Set a shelf along one wall, leaving a uniform ...
isherwood's user avatar
  • 139k
10 votes
Accepted

Can I reuse mounting holes into a stud for a shelf?

Assuming that the screws don't feel loose when you remove them due to inadequate length or pilot holes that are too large, you can reuse the holes. I've done just that a thousand times with everything ...
isherwood's user avatar
  • 139k
10 votes
Accepted

Wall shelves, hooks, other wall-mounted things, without drilling? Double-sided tape maybe?

One way around drilling for shelves is to glue a panel and to mount your shelves and other accessories to the panel. For best load bearing, buy a 1/2 or 3/4in piece of plywood, or alternatively some &...
P2000's user avatar
  • 16k
9 votes
Accepted

shelf support removal

I have pretty much exactly the same shelf brackets. They wedge in place, and the cylinder is NOT the secret to removing them. It stays put on the bracket. A light tap from a hammer (preferably after ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 218k
9 votes

Will floating pantry shelves built with 2x2s be ok?

Your question will result in many varying opinions based on experience and speculation. Here's my assessment as a lifelong carpenter and former home builder. I actually use a similar strategy when ...
isherwood's user avatar
  • 139k
8 votes

How to remove a shelf fastener with a round head and no slot

Get a pair of vise-grip locking pliers: They clamp down and can turn ANYTHING. I used them to remove some one-way screws. Just be careful never to try them out on your fingers, unless you like the ...
B Chin's user avatar
  • 81
8 votes
Accepted

Prevent sagging shelves in alcove

Assuming that the sag would only be in the middle of the front edge of the shelf you will have to add something stronger than the along the front edge length. A 1x2 on edge (actual size 1.5" ...
Michael Karas's user avatar
  • 65k
8 votes

How can I cut pine shelves to size?

A couple of swipes with a block plane, which is an extremely apartment-friendly tool - low cost, quiet, makes shavings, not dust. For not-very-extensive work such as this (or even more extensive work) ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 218k
8 votes

Securing a glass set of shelves to a glass wall

silicone. that's how aquariums are put together, sheets of glass are joined with silicone at the edges. You can always test it yourself: silicone each of those three pieces of glass to the wall, and ...
Leo Lansford's user avatar
7 votes

Screws stuck inside of Anchors, with shelving unit in between.

The type of plastic drywall anchor that you show on those screws can be removed by holding the anchor with a pair of pliers and then back out the screw with a philips screwdriver. After the plastic ...
Michael Karas's user avatar
  • 65k
7 votes

How to remove a shelf fastener with a round head and no slot

That looks like a ramset fastener (fancy schmancy powder-actuated nail) to my eye, not a screw at all. If you can't pry it out, you'll probably have to grind it off. Feel free to apply locking ...
Ecnerwal's user avatar
  • 218k
7 votes

How can I prevent the nuts in my shelving from coming loose?

Post fab, your only choice is threadlocker as Fred describes, or really, any sort of glue will do, maybe even nail polish. Pre-assembly, you use two nuts, and fix them by cranking them in ...
Harper - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
7 votes

Prevent sagging shelves in alcove

The design presented lends itself well to a 'stressed skin' design, or 'sandwich panel' (jum!). This design is common in aircraft construction. You probably tested the shelves with the plywood loosely ...
Sanchises's user avatar
  • 686

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible