Tip Of The Week: Plumb Shelves Need A Spirit Level
Sunday 30 August 1998
1 The cheapest shelving is old 150 mm x 25 mm (6 inch x 1 inch) floor boards salvaged from builders' skips. The cheapest way of using them is to lay them across dry-stacked piles of bricks.
2 If you want to buy new shelving, pine boards from a timber yard or builders' merchant are cheaper and nicer than Melamine-covered chipboard from DIY stores. They are available up to 225 mm (9 inches) wide.
3 Angle brackets are a quick way of putting up a single shelf, but it is not easy to get them level, or securely fixed. Proprietary systems such as Spur shelving are probably easier, and are generally cheaper at builders' merchants than DIY stores.
4 If you are supporting a shelf across two supports then each should be one-sixth of the span in from the ends. Always use a spirit level to get the supports plumb (vertical) and level.
5 Use plastic plugs to fix into brick walls, but don't try to get a fixing in the plaster; tap the plugs through into the brickwork beneath. If you can't get a good fixing, check that you are using the correct-sized drill bit and screw for the plug.
Life & Style blogs
Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
Why it matters 26 million people have changed their Facebook profile picture to a rainbow flag
YouTube star Loey Lane hits back at hateful comments about ‘fat girls in bikinis’ and how plus-size women promote obesity
The age of inactivity: How laziness is killing us
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
- 1 Reader dilemma: 'Our son is 34 with an IQ of 85, and spends all his time in his room. What will happen to him when we're no longer here?'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...