Installing wall shelves is an easy way to add style and function to a boring space
WEBVISIT– Your home improvement project might involve a wall shelf, where the shelf itself might be heavy or support heavy objects. For example, bookshelves, wall shelves, coat hooks which are the subject of this tutorial.
In this tutorial I will explain how to install a wall rack like a pro. It really is very easy if you follow the tips laid out for you. You need the following tools to install a wall shelf.
- 48 “standard level length (at least shelf length, usually level 24” or 48 “, not torpedo level that is too small)
- (2) expanding wall anchors (length # 6-32 screws x 2-3 / 8 “)
- Electric drill
- 9/32 “drill bit
- Phillips screwdriver head
1) Step one
First, you need to find a shelf on the wall. You may need a helper with this step to hold the rack in place when you determine the height and location you want and hold the rack when you mark its location.
- After the wall shelf is placed where you want it, increase it to a standard level or just give a good “eyeball”, it doesn’t matter just as long as the shelf is generally flat.
- Mark the walls with a pencil located on the left and right side of the shelf.
2) Step two
In this step, you will mark the wall with a pencil line that represents the height of the mounting hole. Turn the rack over and look at the mounting bracket. The rack may have a secure mounting bracket.
Measure down from the top of the rack to the top of the bracket slot. Next, measure from the mark you made on the wall to the top of the shelf. This mark below the top of the rack mark is the center line for the mounting hole. Using a standard box level, mark the line width pencil level that specifies the height of the mounting hole.
3) Step three
Now that you have a line marked on the wall that sets the height of the mounting hole, finding the hole is easy. Only take your time because proper placement makes or breaks your installation. You want to be very accurate at the mounting hole location.
- Measure from the edge of the rack to the center of the mounting hole.
- Draw a pencil line from the mark on the wall that you made for the edge of the shelf until it cuts through the mounting hole lines.
- Then measure in the dimensions of the rack to the center of the mounting hole.
- Mark the location. This is the center of your first mounting hole.
4) Step four
To mark the location of the second mounting hole, you must measure the distance between the holes.
- Turn over the rack.
- Place the tape measure on the right edge of the left bracket mounting hole.
- While holding the measuring tape firmly, measure the distance to the right edge of the right bracket mounting hole which in the photo above is about 23-3 / 16 “.
- In the next step you will now transfer this dimension to the wall.
5) Step five
Next, transfer the dimensions between mounting holes to the wall. Starting from the location of the first mounting hole, measure along the line of the mounting holes in the wall between the mounting holes.
Mark the location. This is the center of your second mounting hole.
6) Step six
You have several options for which wall anchor system to use. You can use nylon toggle anchors or my recommendation for this application, expandable wall anchors.
In this tutorial, we will use a sharp-tipped plastic wall anchor called “drive anchor.” Even though you don’t technically need a pre-drilled hole if this anchor goes into drywall, I still recommend drilling a hole for easy installation and accuracy of hole placement. And drilled holes are a must for anchors that go into walls.
7) Step seven
Installing a wall anchor is the next step in mounting a rack. You need to drill holes in the wall for each of the two mounting holes that you placed in the previous step.
- Select the drill bit size that is appropriate for the wall anchor used. If you are using wall anchor # 6-32, I recommend, then use 9/32 “drill.
- By using an electric drill, drill holes that are clean and precisely placed to each of the two mounting hole locations are marked on the wall.
- Insert anchors into each hole and press lightly with a hammer to place the pointed end of each anchor against the wall. These prongs keep the anchors from rotating when the screws are tightened.
- Tighten the anchor screws that fully allow the expanded metal frame from the anchor to extend to the back of the wall.
- After each screw is fully tightened, roll it around 1/8 “to 1/4” so that it lengthens and can be inserted into each rack mounting bracket hole.
- This is also a good time to clean all drywall dust from drilling and clean pencil marks from the walls.
8) Step eight
All that remains to be done after the wall anchors are in place is to carefully align the holes in the wall mounting bracket above each anchor screw and slide the rack down into the mounting bracket.
There she is! You have done!
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