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Old 03-19-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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Inadequate shelves

My DH spent most of yesterday beefing up the shelves in our TT. The shelves in our TT are woefully inadequate, but I'm sure that is how FR can save weight in their "ultra light" models.

They were all held in with small staples, and not very many of them. He put screws in instead - and quite a few of them! In addition, he glued three strips of wood to the underside of each shelf using waterproof and heat resistant wood glue. He clamped them until dry and put a screw in the end, if needed. For the bottom shelf in the bathroom cabinet, he ran two pieces of wood down to the floor, one in the front and one in the back. He was also able to gain some vertical space one one of the shelves; he took out the slanted piece of wood hiding all the wiring and replaced it with a squared-off version.

All of the shelves now feel much, much sturdier! I had visions of all of my pantry items crashing to the floor.

I'll post some photos when I get a chance.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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Good post! I watching forward to the photos.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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I used self tapping pocket screws to attacth the shelves. The initial factory installatio used only 2 screws along the back wall. These are only secured into the 1/8" plywood so they were not very secure. Infact in the rear bathroom closet 2 screws were used in a cabinet almost 48" long. Needless to say they ripped down the plywood under the weight of a light duty vacuume cleaner. Now 6 legs will need to collapse and 20 screws will need to pull out.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:14 AM   #4
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read enough stories of breakaway cabinets

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All of the shelves now feel much, much sturdier! I had visions of all of my pantry items crashing to the floor.
yes
until I also check this out a little more
being very careful
how many can goods we put in there
read enough stories of breakaway cabinets
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Photos!

Okay, here are a couple of photos. Not the greatest quality. Kind of hard to take a good photo of the inside of a cabinet. Shelves are much sturdier with more screws and the addition of the wood pieces to stiffen them up. Bathroom closet has wood pieces extending all the way to floor to stiffen up the shelf. DH also built custom coat hooks. We have the one double one and a single one on the opposite side of the TT. Also a photo of my DH installing the switch for the remote awning mod. I was fascinated by the amount of wires and how he figures all of them out. Hope the photos help a bit. Like I said, not the greatest, but you'll get the idea, I think.
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File Type: pdf hard at work on remote awning.pdf (114.8 KB, 53 views)
File Type: pdf braces to floor in bath closet.pdf (80.4 KB, 49 views)
File Type: pdf braces on underside of shelves.pdf (32.7 KB, 49 views)
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