You saw what happened to my studio a couple of weeks ago. I got advice from a construction buddy of mine about how to re-hang the shelves so they would be sturdy, to hopefully avoid ever having them fall down again. As you can see from the above photo, everything is back in order, but it’s a good thing I like the folks at my local hardware store. It was an epic number of times stopping by before I was done.
- Trip #1: Bought the new shelf brackets and toggle screws
- Trip #2: Bought the correct drill bit since I apparently didn’t have that size after all
- Trip #3: Bought the little washers when it turned out the screws were a teeny bit too small for the holes in the brackets.
- Trip #4: Bought longer screws when it turned out the first screws weren’t long enough to push the toggles all the way through the plaster and wood
- Trip #5: Bought 3 more toggle screws to replace the ones that fell down behind the wall when I put the first bracket on upside down.
- Trip #6: Bought the spackle to fill in the spots where the old shelves had been attached.
I’ve never had a 6-trips-to-the-hardware-store project before. I’ve had lots of 2-trippers and a few 3-trippers, but never more than that. The worst part of this 6-trip debacle is that each and every step was a different day; I was working on this at night and every time I realized I needed to go back to the hardware store, they were closed for the night!
If you’ve seen photos of my studio before, it probably doesn’t look any different to you but it feels different to me – all put back together as well as nice and clean now. And I doubt anything will bring those shelves down again – fingers crossed!
When have you had a frustrating project?