OK - maybe a stupid question but any help much appreciated!
I put up a corner shelf the other day and I now want to put up another
corner shelf in the other corner of the room. The problem I have is that I
do not know how to make sure that the other corner shelf will be at exactly
the same height as the other one?
a) If the shelf is nearer to the ceiling, measure from the ceiling, so
that they both appear to be the same, if nearer to the floor, measure
from the floor. If in the middle, find the mid point of each wall.
b) Get a length of clear hose pipe that will loop between the two
sides of the room, attach one end of the hose to the fixed shelf, and
the other end to the opposite corner, fill the pipe with water until
the level reaches the shelf level, then the level on the opposite side
should be accurate.
Then fix the shelf, and notice that they both do not seem level, so
resort back to a)
On Sat, 15 Nov 2003 18:07:35 +0000 (UTC), "Sharma"
It really depends on what you are trying to achieve.
You are right that walls and floors may well not be straight or level.
Generally, you would be trying to achieve one of two things under
a) That the shelves are level with one another in absolute terms
regardless of the room. The cheap way to do this is with a length
of clear plastic tube filled with water and with no air bubbles
inside. Fix one end to the already fixed shelf such as the bottom of
the meniscus is level with the top or bottom of the shelf. At the
other end, offer the tube up to the wall and mark the shelf position
to correspond. You can buy this as a complete package with a clamp
to fix it quite cheaply.
Alternatively, a spinning laser level will do the job at a somewhat
Typically, you would use this absolute levelling for fixing shelf
brackets for a single shelf, simply to avoid things rolling off.
b) That the shelves look "correct" with respect to the rest of the
room. This might be in a bathroom where there are tiles on the
walls. You might choose to align with edges of tiles.
The other way would be to measure from the floor or ceiling as already
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Use a length of translucent plastic tubing taped between the two shelf
positions. Fill with water, which will 'find' its own level and give you
two reference levels. Alternatively, use a laser level.
Or get a cheapo laser level. As a recent convert I can now make things
nicely horizontal around a room just be swinging the laser round.
Alternatively pay a bit more and get a rotating laser. That way you
only need set it once and you've got a mark all around the room.
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