Installing Shelving in a Closet – Ask THE Handyman St Louis – Get It Done

I want to install some shelving in my laundry room and perhaps a closet. Is the wire shelving easy to install?

Installing wire shelving for your closet or laundry room is fairly easy. It does take some purchase planning however.

Begin by measuring how long you want your shelf to be. Also, consider how deep you want the shelf to be. You may want the closet shelf to be deeper than a shelf over your washing machine, which will just hold detergent, etc. Usually, the wire shelves come in 12” or 16” deep. Chances are that you will have to cut the length of your shelf to fit the space, so if you go to purchase the shelving with the length measurements in mind, the store can cut the shelves for you and save you time.

Besides the shelves, you’ll need some support and anchoring items. Where the shelf touches the wall, clips are made to fasten the shelf to the wall. I recommend getting the type of clip that has two screw holes. The clip is installed over the wire which touches the wall, and two screws are better than the other types which only have one screw. There are clips available which have their own wall anchors attached to the clip. I don’t recommend these, as it is very important to be securing these clips into the studs of the wall, rather than just to the drywall.

In addition to the clips, you will need some support bars. I suggest having one bar each two or three feet of shelving. The support bar attaches to the outside edge of the shelf, then is anchored to the wall, about one foot below the shelf.

Once you have your materials, use a stud-finder to find out where the studs are in the area that you want the shelf. Mark the location of the studs with a pencil. Next, draw a horizontal line where the shelf will be. You’ll then be able to hold the shelf (if it is short) and start installing the shelf clips. If the shelf is long, you may need a second person to hold it while you put the clips into the studs. I would recommend installing one clip per each stud (either 16” or 24”). After the shelf clips are installed, then install the support bar, also being sure that it is secured to a stud.

That is basically it. You can buy rubber end caps if your shelf doesn’t go all the way from one wall to another. You can also buy the wire shelf that is designed to hang clothes on. It’s just a matter of deciding what you want.

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Noise From Washer – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St. Louis

What can we do about “hammering” in our pipes? It occurs primarily when the washer is filling up, but has happened other times. The washer fills with intermittent temperature changes, so the noise can really shake the house.
For this problem, I consulted with Jeff Bopp, Bopp Plumbing (314-822-2677), who had some great suggestions. Never be afraid to ask an expert!

Generally, there can be several reasons for this noise. One possibility is the solenoid valve in the washer. This is the unit that sends water into the machine when the cycle calls for it. It is similar to that of an ice maker in the refrigerator and can be replaced by an appliance repair company.

Another possibility is that the hot water line is anchored inside the wall too tight or too loose. When a hot water line first gets hot from the water, you can sometimes hear a small “ticking” as the pipe expands. If the anchors are too tight, this can make louder noises than just a ticking sound. Unfortunately, you can’t solve this problem without opening up the wall (which is easy enough, but repairing the wall is more difficult).

However, the third and most likely problem, according to Jeff Bopp, is solved by installing a water hammer arrester which can take care of this issue. The noise you hear is the result of water moving under pressure that has suddenly been stopped by the closing of a valve (inside the washing machine). This water hammer arrester is a small device which you attach to the washing machine supply valve or directly to the washing machine. It has a built in air chamber, which cushions the water pressure and prevents the noise. The cost of the arrester is about $15 and is available at most hardware stores.

If you have ever sweated copper pipes or have worked with galvanized pipes, installing the water hammer arrester would be fairly simple. There is a chance that the valve screws in to an adapter, rather than being sweated in. If you look at the water valve that you’re washing machine is hooked up to you’ll see the difference. If it is a screw type, you may be able to do this yourself, even if you aren’t familiar with sweating pipes.

However, if your experience of sweating pipes is limited, I would suggest contacting a plumber. Sweating pipes is something that takes practice, and experience is something you want when it comes to working on the pipes in your home.

It’s probably best to try the water hammer arrester first. If this doesn’t work, then you can investigate the other possibilities.

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