Monthly Archives: July 2014


A little more elaborate than usual, full floor to ceiling Hungarian Cleat Book Shelves.

With the proper spacing an entire library can fit on a few walls and still leave the room
with a light and airy feel unencumbered with heavy boxy cabinet style bookshelves.

Designed by a Hungarian Physicist, this cleat style is a little finicky for the vagaries
of a modern sheetrock wall. In this case all worked out well in the end.




An overdue shout out to Wayne at Lowe’s #0488! Wayne greatly expedited my
search for a basic replacement faucet last month. Almost without looking he
went to the display board-of-many-parts-and grabbed the exact supply valve
brass cap I needed. Normally this task alone could be a ten minute search
through row after row of obscure gaskets, connectors, elbows and couplings.
But he knew EXACTLY where the correct package could be found.

But the real help came when he explained the $20.00 difference between identical
packages with Faucet #A and Faucet #B. Turns out the latest, greatest generic
faucets come from the factory with supply tubes already installed. So,
paradoxically the more expensive faucet was by far the best value since
accessory supply tubes would not need to be purchased or assembled!

This kind of fine detailed assistance can only come from a guy who REALLY knows
his plumbing inventory. It made my day! Thanks Wayne!

Reminds me of the great experience I had with the Sears Craftsman Tool Warranty.


Or the Ace Hardware Vintage Replacement Valve Stem




Plate rails or knickknack/ bric a brac shelves do not
need to be fancy or elaborate to display favorite
curios. A plain board held in place with hidden
pins can do the job just as well as the more
complicated variety of overhead display shelf.

Drill matching holes in the edge of a 3/4 or 4/4 board and
a suitable wall location and insert (steel) dowels to hold
everything in place!

(Now you know why it is important to be able to cut steel pins
to size! See LINK HERE)