Nothing’s Ever Simple

Prior to painting the bedroom over Labor Day weekend, we removed the shoe cabinet from the wall. This was necessary so that I could properly paint the between the edge of the closet and the corner.

Afterwards, we reinstalled it and thought it was all good.

Not so much. Several days later, when I first had occasion to retrieve a pair of shoes stored there, the unit rocked a bit when I pulled open the drawer. Investigation confirmed that the bolts into the wall were not holding. So we pulled out the drawers again, and let it sit until such time as we could figure out what to do.

shoe cabinet

Shoe cabinet, sans drawers

Yesterday, we evaluated the situation. With the aid of a flashlight, I established that the pair of anchors that had been holding the bolts had gotten pushed back into the wall and were no longer properly aligned. So we walked to the Lowe’s store near our house and purchased some new anchors.

After pushing these into the existing holes and screwing the bolts in, we discovered that these would not hold either. The existing holes, in the course of events, had become bigger than could secure the anchors. So, we would have to drill new holes.

We moved it as far to the left as we could, keeping in mind that we still needed access to the wall outlet and that we didn’t want to cover up the picture hanging on the wall, and marked new holes.


However, a 5/16″ drill bit was required, and the largest drill bit we had was just a teensy bit small at 9/32″. It was late in the afternoon, and since we didn’t have the right size drill bit and didn’t feel like going back to Lowe’s, we set everything aside.

This morning, after a night’s sleep and my morning coffee, I considered that 9/32″ is just 1/32″ smaller than the prescribed drill bit.

I have now established that, when they saw you need a 5/16″ drill bit, they really do in fact mean that you need a 5/16″ drill bit.

How do I know this? Well, because I drilled a hole with the smaller bit and the anchors would not go into the wall.

So, off to Lowe’s for the right drill bit.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with the right tools.

shoe cabinet

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