I completed the "platform" I was working on to replace the water-damaged
Ikea "plinths" that hold up some cubbyhole bookshelves in our family
room. Looks nice, almost like a built-in. Almost. Maybe when I make a
top to join them altogether ...
I carried the "plinths" into the garage to dispose of them. Each is an
open rectangle made of four strips of veneered particle board. Each
corner was fastened with one of those knock-down fastener gizmos,
similar to the one shown here:
I kept the fasteners, of course, even though the "cam" part doesn't come
out of the hole very easily. Luckily the particle board was easy to snap
with a mallet, breaking just at the weak point - where the cams were.
I managed to harvest 13 or 14 sets, throwing out a couple that had
corroded from the water exposure. I'm not sure what I'll ever use them
for, but I can't bring myself to throw out stuff like that.
Depression-era parents may be to blame. The fasteners are now neatly
nestled amongst a number of other items I've accumulated over the years.
I have some small gauge nails with over-wide flat heads, in three
different finishes: copper, galvanized and bluish-black. They came with
the house, the former owners of which were apparently unaware of the
invention of the screw. I have yet to find a screw anywhere in the house.
The copper ones are presumably for flashing, and the galvanized for some
other roofing need. The others might be plasterboard nails; I'm not
sure. (We have walls that are pre-sheetrock and post-lath; consisting of
sheetrock-ish panels with a grid of holes to help support the the coarse
plaster layer) It would come as a great surprise if I ever have a need
for any of those nails, but I've got them, just in case. I have smaller
nails in similarly exotic materials as well.
Other house-bonus items include some very thin "pin" style nails with
tiny rounded heads. These are less fasteners than they are a test of
skill. It would require a better man than me to drive one into anything
tougher than styrofoam.
I've also got every extra wall anchor and proprietary screw that ever
came in a plastic bag with some bought item. There are a staggering
number of slight permutations on screws of basically the same gauge and
length. It's as if each manufacturer commissions a screw design for each
product. It outs me in mind of the tupperware/glad/ziplok/generic food
containers we have; seemingly identical containers all have slightly
different threads designed to prevent any other lid from mating.
In addition, I've got the leftovers from every fastener I needed a few
of and decided it would be a shame not to buy the box. Same goes for
other small items that that come in bags. EMT connectors, copper pipe
My Dad had glass jars. Jars and jars and jars of every fastener that
ever crossed his path. I believe they are still in my parents' garage.
Steel-cut nails, corrugated fasteners, mismatched machine screws and
bolts, you name it. In the main they weren't terribly well organized
though, so I'm ahead on that score.