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Old 04-12-2011, 12:53 AM   #1
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Fastening to interior wall

On our Rockwood 8315 BSS I would like to put a light weight shelf, not a cabinet, on the wall in the bedroom beside my wife's side of the bed. This would be so she can put her glasses and book on it when it's lights out time. It will be on the fixed wall of the trailer not the slide out. My side of the bed already has a small cabinet in place. I am thinking about 12" x 12" with vertical backing panels at 90 degrees to fasten onto both walls. I don't want to use screws to fasten it to the walls so I am wondering about using construction adhesive for the fastening. Any experience with this method or other suggestions? There won't be anything on this shelf when we are travelling.

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Old 04-12-2011, 06:40 AM   #2
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I don't know about glue. It might pull off the wall paper?
I have 2 photo picture frames mounted on my walls.
I used the shortest molly bolts I could find. They do require
holes. I hated to do that but the pictures are not going anywhere.

I guess your "vertical back plate" would spread out the load
and adhesive might be OK. I know you don't want to make holes
but gluing this on the wall is permanent just like holes and both
are going to leave permanent marks! Once the shelf is there,
it's going to stay there right???

Have you tried pounding the walls to feel for studs? 12" wide
isn't going to spread between 2 studs but with a back plate,
you could drill and screw into only one stud and still hold the
shelf. Just a thought. (Even if you drill a tiny pilot hole and miss
the stud, you can drill another until you find it. The holes
will be hidden behind the shelf back plate.)
You could even use adhesive and a screw to hold it
until the adhesive dries.

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Old 04-12-2011, 07:45 AM   #3
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There are some new products out there that use "directional" glue tabs.

They stick like double sided tape, but "pull the tab" and it pops right off without damaging the wall paper. Might find something for her glasses but for a book, you will need molly bolts for hollow core walls.

Remember you are drilling into THIN Luan (maybe 1/8 in MAX) and then Styrofoam. That drill can "catch" on the Luan and plow right on through to the outside. If you are going to drill into these walls, invest in a set of "drill stops." They are metal collars that have a set screw to prevent a drill "runaway."

For pictures I use "Museum Putty" to keep stuff on the wall from flying off the wall. A small nail hangs it and the putty keeps it in place.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:07 AM   #4
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would something like this work?
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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Two cases of corona stacked on top of each other work perfectly. Or switch sides.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:46 AM   #6
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We have the same model trailer. We just put our glasses and paperback books up on top of the valances when it's time to call it a night.

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Old 04-12-2011, 02:59 PM   #7
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Use a stud finder to locate the studs the same as you do with drywall, however if you don't have one just press firmly on the wall, where it gives there is no stud, be sure to drill it prior to inserting a screw (not familiar if your frame is wood or aluminum).

I agree, the glue will only be adhering to the wallpaper and would not last too long.

As for placing a screw... if the mod is an improvement, go for it, it's your trailer, enjoy it, it won't change any trade in value if it is done correctly.

As for the cases of Corona, maybe just the empty boxes, if not the shelf will get shorter and shorter and the beer is better really cold
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:08 PM   #8
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We have used the 3m tabs for hanging stuff and it seems very strong. I think the screws would work fine also but I would try and locate a stud if you plan on any other weight. If you elect for the beer cases I would use Molson Golden.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:45 PM   #9
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We use the 3M tabs, but have to be careful of the weight we put on them. We've found they can pull the wallpaper away from the wall if something too heavy is on them. This includes winter coats...
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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Hey you guys with 8315 BSS rigs, do you have any pictures of your rigs or campsites, I am waiting delivery of my 8315 BSS and my dreams could be enhanced with Kodak moments.

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