drilling into concrete block in basement to put up shelves...

I have a question
i want to hang a shelf to hold my detergent, fab softner, etc above my washer dryer combo in the basement of my house.
THe walls are made of cynder blocks. Is it smart to drill into them in order to put in anchors so i can hang a shelf....or would i be better off doing something else. I dont want to crack the block or anything.
Any opinions?
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Drill away should not be a problem You should use a concrete sleeve anchor ( http://www.confast.com/products/concrete-sleeve-anchor.asp ) verses a wedge anchor for block. Most people don't, I think it depends if your drilling threw the block into the concrete core.
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Cinder blox are made of actual coal cinders or clinkers, do not drill unless you want a major leak issue

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You can buy anchors for the block and it will do the job.
Another suggestion is to frame the wall with 2 x 4s, add insulation, drywall, paint, then hand the shelves on the studs. Looks better, and if your are in a cold climate, save heating costs.
An even better idea, buy a couple of cabinets instead of shelves and have a nice laundry room. The budget just went from $25 to $250, but it sure will look nice.
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scale wrote:

No reason not to. You say it is cinder block. Unless it is an old house it is probably concrete block. If cinder block (mine is) it will drill really easily, if concrete a bit harder. You can cheat it on either type by drill into the mortar seam vice the block itself. Use a 3/8 or 1/2" hammer drill plus masonry drill bit is all that you need.
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If pretty doesn't matter, or you don't have and don't want to buy masonry bits (or a hammer drill) for a single use, simple solution is to just nail a couple 2x4s flat side out hanging down from the sill plate. 2 sixteen-penny nails in each will be plenty strong for a light utility shelf like that. Just screw your brackets or track or whatever to the 2x4.
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My house is 1979. I thought they were cinderblocks but they may be concrete blocks for all I know.
I didn't have anyone to tell me whether I was doing it wrong or not, but I just nailed some 2x2's about every 3 feet or so, using "cut nails" (they have flat sides and no heads, and taper from top to bottom, and are made of something hard.)
I used wood screws to screw non-adjustable brackets to the 2x2's and I notched the wood where the 2x2s were so that the shelf would fit flush with the wall.
Is this all ok?
I don't think I ran the 2x2's allthe way to the floor, but that would have made them even stronger.
They've carried a very heavy load in some places. I sometimes put the heaviest loads right above the brackets. 20 years and still standing.
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That stuff is HEAVY, be sure to use good supports and strong shelving material. As in, not just some flimsy brackets spread 5 feet apart and particle board. Use wood for the shelves, not just MDF. Then make sure you space the brackets within 3 feet of each other, if not a bit closer.
I say this as the former homeowner put up crappy shelving with flimsy brackets, too far apart, and that 20 gallon bottle of Tide sealed it's fate.
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scale wrote:

A Hammer drill will save you lots of time. There are screws that screw directly into the hole you drill so you can use those instead of an 'anchor.'
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I would driil into the block and use lagshields and lags. If this is not sutable for you you could use wall mollies. but in any case DRILL! Drill slow with light pressure on the cinder block otherwise you hole will become to big Good Luck Hope I helped Anthony snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com
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