Step 3: Hang the first shelf standard

installing wall-mounted shelves
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Hold the standard in place and drive a single 2 ½-inch-long screw hole into the pilot hole (as shown).

Be sure the screw is snug, but don't overtighten it; the standard should hang freely straight down.

Tip: Rub candle wax onto the screws and they'll go in faster and easier.
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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips screwdriver
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • drill
      Drill-driver with ½- inch-diameter drill bit
    • studfinder
      Stud sensor

    Shopping List

    1. SHELVES

    2. SHELF STANDARDS

    3. SHELF BRACKETS

    4. 2 1/2-INCH FLATHEAD SCREWS

    for attaching standards to wall studs



    5. 1 1/4-INCH FLATHEAD WOOD SCREWS

    for securing brackets to shelves