It wasn't my day yesterday. Not only did my SDS drill start playing up
(see another thread I started), but I also had fun and games trying to
fix some shelf supports to brick walls.
I am actually in the process of installing a Wickes fitted bedroom.
This involves building a frame that runs parallel to the rear wall,
and fixing shelf bearers to the rear wall. The shelves then sit on
both the frame and bearer, and some are screwed to both to fix the
frame in the front-to-back direction.
Anyway my problem is how to drill the holes for the bearers
accurately. It is important that they are screwed to the wall at a
certain height and ideally at the pre-drilled positions in the
bearers. The pre-drilled holes will take a size 10 screw so I planned
to use these together with 8mm plugs. There are 3 holes per 50 cm
length of shelf bearer.
The first bearer went up fine, and the first hole for the next one was
fine, but I could not for the life of me get the other two holes on
that bearer lined up with it. In frustration, I ended up using a
couple of 6 x 60 hammer-in frame fixings instead but I am worried that
these will not be sufficiently strong. (Any opinions?)
So - does anyone have any tips on this? It doesn't seem to matter how
accurately I measure the position of the holes, they end up in
slightly the wrong positions. I should mention that I have been using
a smaller bit to get a pilot hole as this seems to be usually
I have an idea of something to try that I'd like opinions on. The idea
is to create a template out of a batten, with 8mm holes drilled at the
required positions, and fix that template to the wall with the 6mm
frame fixings (at different positions from the 8mm holes). This is
based on my experience that the 6mm fixings are relatively easy to get
right. The template would then provide a guide for the drill at the
correct positions for the 8mm holes. Does this sound at all
reasonable? Has anyone ever tried anything similar?
I'd be really grateful for tips on this - I have a *lot*
of shelves to