Wednesday, 10 September 2014
I Put Up A Shelf
I've always been intrigued by shelves which appear to stick to the wall with no visible means of support. I was rather hoping that they are fixed up using sellotape, or possibly blu tack, or a mixture of the two. But no.
Earlier this week, thinking I might improve my life by having somewhere other than the floor to put my book / alarm clock / glass of water at night, I bought a 'floating shelf' from Argos. It was suspiciously cheap.
My foray into plumbing taught me that when carrying out practical tasks, it's a good idea to follow a process and not to rely on instinct. So tonight, when I decided to put up the shelf, I read the instructions, checked the pack contained the right number of screws, and assembled a spirit level, drill, screw driver and pencil.
An hour later, I stood back to look at my new and sagging shelf. It had no visible means of support. I considered possible remedies, including blu tacking my book, alarm clock and glass to it to subvert gravity.
Tomorrow, I'm off to the hardware shop to buy a better class of rawl plug, and maybe to ask a burly man for some advice.