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Old 01-13-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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Im about to do some closet shelving, what should I use to mark the walls? I just painted these walls not too long ago and the thought of "marking" them doesnt sit well. Is there a special pencil or something designed to mark walls that will come off easy?
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What type shelving?
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Closetmaid wire shelving. Getting it at Lowes.
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A carpenters pencil/pencil -
gently!
You can wipe it off.
Don't "break" the surface of the paint.

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Old 01-13-2013, 07:31 PM   #5
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use the " china " pencil that can be washable when you get done marking it.

Or second option is use the painter tape ( NOT the duck <duct> tape ) and mark it on there when ya done just peel it off.

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use the " china " pencil that can be washable when you get done marking it.

Or second option is use the painter tape ( NOT the duck <duct> tape ) and mark it on there when ya done just peel it off.

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Never head of a China pencil. What is it?
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Mark vertical and horizontal lines with a LASER level.
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Never head of a China pencil. What is it?
It is more commonly called a china marker. Basically a pencil that's made with hardened wax instead of graphite. You can buy them anywhere office supplies are sold (even Wal-Mart has them).
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I just use a regular pencil and write lightly. Then use a new pencil eraser to get it off.

Also, are you using once of those fancy closet kits with a bunch of half shelves? I bought one and then realized it would take hours of work and actually yield less usable space. I ended up just buying a long shelf so my son's closet has two long levels. Much easier and better use of space.
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IF, you're just trying to line up where the studs are to attach the shelves to a strong backing, you could just use rare-earth (hard-drive) magnets to locate the studs (screws), like I do/did. It works just fine and leaves no mark.

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Closetmaid wire shelving. Getting it at Lowes.
If you haven't purchased it yet, you may want to consider Rubbermaid Configurations instead.

I have installed both Closetmaid and Rubbermaid and the latter is much easier to install and I find in general just a better product.

Not sure why someone would suggest you have less use with those then just a regular system as I found the versatility offers a huge amount of storage space.

Even more than a custom closet with cubby type box shelves, even with adjustable height shelving
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A carpenters pencil/pencil -
gently!
You can wipe it off.
Don't "break" the surface of the paint.

"RF"
What's with carpenter pencils not sharpening well, or the tips break off easily?
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IF, you're just trying to line up where the studs are to attach the shelves to a strong backing, you could just use rare-earth (hard-drive) magnets to locate the studs (screws), like I do/did. It works just fine and leaves no mark.

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I actually have something similar. Not sure theyre as strong as what youre using.

This is what I have...



http://www.magicstudfinder.com/index.html

Works pretty well. But sometimes Ill find a stud and these magnets will only find like one spot to stick to, which theoretically would mean there are no nails in it. I also use a zircon stud finder with these magnets.
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i generally use a standard carpenters pencil, never had any problems!
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