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Freestanding Shelves Stability

Take a lesson from the flat-pack furniture designers and cover the entire back and sides from the top shelf to the bottom shelf (attached to the shelves not the posts) with thin, cheap sheet goods. ...
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Do I need a back for a 96"x20"x12" garage shelf?

Something needs to provide diagonal bracing. If the unit is going to be firmly mounted to the wall, such that the wall functions as its "back", an actual back may not be needed. Otherwise, ...
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Scribing bookcase to wall

Two approaches: build a standard bookshelf and then attach trim on the vertical sides (I call them gables, but that's a regional thing) to cover the gap. If, for example your gap maxed out at 1",...
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Are these shelves installed properly, or are they damaging the drywall?

It seems that the person tightened the screws too hard, and the drywall anchor is coming through the drywall. This could cause the shelf to fall. You need to either use drywall anchors with a larger ...
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Wall Shelves mounted on wood in garage

On a concrete garage wall, you want your shelf anchors to go through the surface-mounted plywood into the concrete behind it. On an interior drywall wall, you want your shelf anchors to go through the ...
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Are these screws / anchors good enough for mounting this decorative shelf on drywall?

The anchors that you show can be used to mount the shelf. However I prefer nylon ribbed anchors as they have a better holding capacity. They come in various sizes to hold various weights. Pop Toggles ...
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Design a frame for shelves in an alcove?

"User adjustable"… That means you've to either make provision yourself for being able to place shelves at varying heights, by fasting battens around three side of the alcove at as many ...
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Can this wall support books on track shelving?

It depends on the style of support. A triangular bracket (e.g., these) distributes weight from the outside end of the shelf to the wall, and the longer the hypotenuse, the better the distribution. (If ...
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Freestanding Shelves Stability

The answer depends on how are they unstable. if they are racking (deforming in a parallelogram shape) side to side, then you need to add a corner on the back wall from the upright to the shelf to make ...
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Anchor identification for custom shelving

Those are drywall anchors You screw the white plastic part into the wall (drywall) where you want to have a screw, but there is no stud. Attach the screw through a hole in whatever you wish to mount ...
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How to attach cat shelves to cement wall that already has nail heads

"keyhole hangers" will attach wood to nail heads
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Can I hang shelves on a shear wall without hitting studs?

MDF and particle board would not be used in structural applications. You almost certainly have plywood or OSB, both of which are great for hanging things. That said, at ~1/2" thick there's not a ...
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I want to add a shelf bracket to a sagging wooden shelf. What types of screws and wall anchors should I use?

There should be wood studs behind the drywall. You always want to screw into wood studs if any weight is involved. Drywall should only be used to hold up paint/posters. Find studs, find a decent ...
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Are these shelves installed properly, or are they damaging the drywall?

It is likely that the screws are pulling the drywall anchor too hard. There is another possibility; the paint was not adhered very well and the screw pulled away the paint from the wall as it threaded ...
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I want to add a shelf bracket to a sagging wooden shelf. What types of screws and wall anchors should I use?

I have had the same problem and fixed it in several ways, depending on the particulars. Key points: 1. Easiest first: Flip the shelf upside down so the curve rises in the center. The load (stuff ...
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Why are boards like 2x4's orientated longer-side vertical when used as braces for free-standing shelves?

"Why are 2x4 braces so often oriented with their longer-edge vertical, and is it necessary?" The stiffness is proportional to product of the width and square of the height, wh^2. so by ...
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Are shims alone sufficient for leveling out a shelving unit?

Add shims below the two vertical boards in the middle as well. Either front, middle, and back as suggested above, or just a single piece under each vertical board. That's the only support that ...
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Are shims alone sufficient for leveling out a shelving unit?

I have a seriously tilted corner in my dining room, so it does happen -- when houses settle they don't do so evenly and the house itself can get racked. First step is to make sure the proper columns ...
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Total Noob - Hanging Heavy Wooden Shelves

Interesting project indeed here's my advice: When Sanding: Since your shelves are already cut, you can begin sanding with a coarse grit sandpaper (around 80 or 100 grit) to remove any rough spots or ...
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How can I attach wooden shelf to a ShelfTrack bracket?

Each bracket type will prescribe its shelf attachment options. Choose the bracket type that best aligns with your design goals. If the shelves are a couple inches wider than the support spacing, then ...
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Can I hang shelves on a shear wall without hitting studs?

No. Shear walls are designed to resist lateral movement and racking by tying framing members together. This is typically done with plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). Particle board or MDF wouldn'...
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Are these screws / anchors good enough for mounting this decorative shelf on drywall?

For a light shelf like that where nobody dies if it gets yanked off the wall, your anchors will work. Those anchors are pretty easy to patch up if you ever get rid of the shelf. That's one criterion ...
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How to remove a wall bracket for retail shelving?

The bottom foot/bracket on retail shelving shifts & tilts down to release - otherwise there'd be nothing holding up an entire free-standing aisle of shelving. All other shelves tilt up to release [...
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How to remove a wall bracket for retail shelving?

Some brackets, whether designed for retail or home use, can get well wedged in place and need a good whack with a hammer to break them loose. This looks more like a "foot" than a shelf ...
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How to remove a wall bracket for retail shelving?

Raise the entire shelf assembly up off the floor and place a block under the part you want to remove. Now hammer downward on some other part of the shelf - either the corner post itself, or another ...
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L Shaped floating shelf of custom length

Yes. Depending on the tools you have access to and the level of skill you have one could build a rudimentary one in a day with access to a table saw, drill and a finish nailer. A cleat made of a ...
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L shaped shelf pin -can it be installed in the reversed position?

For a quality full-concealed job where the shelf can't slide but can be easily repositioned use a router to put a recess in the end and bottom of the shelf that fits the shelf supports. No gap, and ...
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How can I mount a shelf between two cabinets with no damage?

I would not try to strap the shelf like you have planned. That's likely to sag and rattle. It also won't look great suspended below. I might install simple cleats on the sides of the cabinets near the ...
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Floating shelf: Rounded vs. Rectangular brackets?

I am not entirely clear if you are making your own shelves or not, but it sounds like you are not buying the shelves and brackets as a combo. In both cases, do not underestimate the task of drilling ...
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Should I mount brackets to the wall or the shelves first?

In my old house, none of the walls are perfectly straight. As such, when I need to hang a shelf, I screw the brackets to the wall, then I screw the shelf to the brackets. This ensures that the ...
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