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It is a puzzlement

3d metal puzzleThe hanging bar is fixed, and its height is less than the length of the shelf poles. The wooden closet shelf above it is also fixed. The metal shelves are longer than the width of the closet opening, and they are for practical purposes as wide as the closet is deep.  The shelving itself is standard metro knockoff. How did I do that?

Two hints:

1) If I had had some bungee cords handy, I could have installed the shelves without seriously bruising my back and shoulder.

2) There is another question about the closet dimensions that should give the show away.


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Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm missing something in the picture -- I assume the white shelf doesn't go all the way to the back of the closet, or is not fixed in place and can be slid forward?

If so, assembly is obvious (to fellow Metro practitioners). Pile the shelves on the floor of the closet, stick the poles down the holes, raise each shelf and install (pull above install point, clip on the black joints, drop shelf into place). Ta-da!

Nice fit, by the way.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Nope on both counts. The white shelf is fixed. Oh, and the clearance between the white shelf and the top of the poles, once the whole thing is assembled, is less than the thickness of a metro shelf.
Apr. 14th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
What you do is tilt the back standards as far over as they will go to get enough clearance to slide the first shelf under (without retaining clips). Then you slide the shelf up the standards and wrap some velcro around it and the hanging bar to suspend the shelf in midair while you do the same with the second shelf. Then the velcro fails and two shelves clock you on the shoulder, so you go get a friend to hold them up while you do the rest. Once all the shelves are threaded on the standards you can let them down en masse and pick them up one by one...
Apr. 5th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
How wide is the closet? Not the opening, but the closet? (Why yes, nonstandard construction is the norm in my house...)
Apr. 5th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
About six feet, give or take. After you allow for the baseboards and the open heating pipe, it's about 10" wider than the shelving. So you have a 64" pole in a space that's 64-3/4 high, and you have to slide a 1-1/4 shelf underneath it...
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