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Old 12-31-2014, 09:06 AM   #1
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Shelf Hanging Question


Background: Mounted a floating shelf in the Laundry Room. Anchored 3 points (two at one end, one at the other) with plastic self screwing anchors (50 lb support) and 1 1/4 inch machine screws. The 4th point (lower left) hit a vent in the wall and that vent extends a few inches left and right from the 4th point, so no easy fix.

Constraints: Better half wants the shelf THERE. Would prefer not to drill into the vent, not sure if it's an 'in' or 'out'. Regardless, wouldn't want the shelf's weight to shift and start putting pressure on that anchor point.

Could I just leave that lower left hole alone without a screw and keep the shelf mounted with the other 3 anchor points? Shelf feels solid, no shifting of item weight and I'm not planning on loading it to the max anyway. What are some other options?
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:39 AM   #2
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Personally, I am not a fan of the plastic screw in wall anchors.

One of these babies on each side will more than suffice. toggler dot com , the snap toggle.

You already have the holes marked.
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Even for those two steam irons you probably need all four of the anchors in the long run. But the upper two are going to do most of the work because they have to support both the shear and the pullout forces of the mounting screw.
If the upper one did not hit a vent, then it must be a horizontal vent? In that case, pull the cheesy plastic thing out and put a stronger anchor like the one mentioned in the previous post. Then you probably won't need a lower one. Don't use the kind of toggle that requires a big loose 1/4" hole for a floppy little #10 screw or the shelf could slide down the wall a bit and look silly.
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Thanks


appreciate the advice from all. I'm going to try and figure out a way to give the shelves some additional support
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Haha hope that you managed to work out the location of that storage shelf mate - best not to go against the wrath of the better half wherever you can! I foresee that happening a lot in my near future when MY better half moves in with me!
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