Live Edge Wood and Gas Pipe Shelf
Mounting the Shelf
When mounting things like gas pipe shelves you need to be careful the shelf doesn’t rack on you. This can easily happen if the shelf is level but the pipes are not plumb or if the two pipes are installed at different heights.
To ensure that your pipes are plumb and the shelves are level, determine and do the following:
Determine if you have framing to secure to
I use my stud finder and locate the studs. In this situation the studs are nowhere near where needed them. In remodeling situations, we will install solid framing to pre-plan and allow us to secure directly into solid backing.
Locate the height of the unit:
We determined the unit height by moving and holding it until the client was visually pleased. Once determined we mark the location and use a level to trace a light pencil line on the wall, at the top of shelf area. This gives us one line to follow when fastening.
Determine the center point on the wall and shelf:
Center points allow me to align the center of the shelf on the center of wall, ensuring a centered installation.
A Plumb line:
Once the other two marks are in place, I attach a magnetic torpedo level on the left pipe and plumb that pipe. Once plumb I mark the mounting holes with a pencil. If you have a helper you can also plumb the right side pipes and mark those holes.
Tip: Use an eraser to gently remove the pencil lines, follow up with some soap and water.
Determine the fastener needed:
Each flange has four screw holes. Depending on the weight of your shelf you may want to use heavy duty wall anchors like, toggle or Molly bolts. See article on determine the proper wall anchor.