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More about my bathroom
Well, I got annoyed with my luxurious laziness, so I forced myself off my duff and got something accomplished. I installed a new storage cabinet in my bathroom. It's the kind that's about 2' wide by 3' high, and hangs on the wall above your toilet. I'd purchased it on Wednesday, and it's been sitting in my front room since then. It was a bit of a chore to install. The hardest part was holding it steady where I wanted it, in order to drill the holes. I was standing on my left foot on my toilet-seat, with two textbooks set on the toilet-top, my right foot on the two books, and the cabinet resting on my raised knee. That got it to the right height, but then still I had to rock it back and forth 'til it was level, then hold it steady there while I drilled the four holes through the cabinet into the wall.

My first attempt, the holes didn't line up, because I'd allowed the thing to move in between hole-drillings. I thought about it, frustrated, for awhile. I was getting hot and sweaty from my efforts, so I stripped off my shirt. (What? Guys can do it! And I have a "privacy window" in my bathroom. But even so, I felt like I was involved in some kind of kinky home-improvement porn. Oh well, I was more comfortable. (No, I didn't take any pictures.)) Then I had some diet coke, and I came up with the solution to my lining-up problem.

I picked the upper-right hole I'd made, and called it correct. I installed a plastic anchor in that hole, put the cabinet back up, and screwed it into the anchor. Once it was semi-securely attached to the wall, it was much steadier. I was able to level it again and drill the other three holes much more easily. Then I let the cabinet pivot back and forth on its single screw so that I could install the other three wall anchors in the holes I'd drilled. I then leveled it again, found that the holes were still lined up properly this time, and installed the other three screws.

Success! The cabinet was securely fastened to the wall! I'm pleased with my little endeavor. It looks pretty nice too, although it's still empty right now.

Current Mood: accomplished

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prader From: prader Date: October 20th, 2002 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
You should have called me to come over and help!! I could have taken pictures!!! ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 20th, 2002 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well darn it! Why didn't I think of that?
prader From: prader Date: October 21st, 2002 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)


You've lost that lovin' feeling? ;)
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 20th, 2002 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Home Improvement

Isn't it nice when you can change the place because you own it?

And darn, no Home Improvement video! Why do stills.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 20th, 2002 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Home Improvement

Yep! Only problem is: when something breaks, you can't just call the landlord.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 20th, 2002 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Home Improvement

There is that little problem. Of course, it might have all been easier if you'd measured the distance between the holes on the cabinet, then marked the first location of the first hole, then used a level to mark the second, drilled the holes and then secured the cabinet using the already drilled holes.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 20th, 2002 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Home Improvement

That might have worked, if I'd used my level when drilling the holes in the cabinet, rather than freehanding them. Or if I'd been willing to make new holes in the cabinet. I thought about just such a solution, but didn't want new holes, and also I didn't really trust my measuring and leveling skills enough -- I figured there was a good chance I'd still end up with holes that didn't match up. You only need to be the tiniest bit off for the lineup to not work. I'm no carpenter. *shrug* Oh well, my solution worked in the end.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: October 20th, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done Rennie!

Sisters are doin' it for themselves.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 20th, 2002 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks....darn right!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 21st, 2002 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
sounds like the old noggin still works!
if in your case you don't want to mesure... than I'd have sugested just what you did... do one hole... insert fastener so that it helps hold the waight then move on to other holes...
but you got there on your own which is even better!

as for the whole shirt issue... well, here in the liberal east (NY specifically) it is legal for women to go shirtless in public... (why more of them don't is beyond reason... ;-) but then I've never really like prancing about in public bear chested either... so I can't blame them their modesty...
as for your own home.... why not? as you said gals sweat too-

but glad that you got another prodject accomplished- yeah!
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