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  1. Jan 22, 2006 #1

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    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v81/Veto1024/P1010029.jpg [Broken]

    Yup... im fairly certain it is the most terrifying thing ive had in my room...

    note the errors in construction.
     
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  3. Jan 22, 2006 #2

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    And if anyone knows what that laminate is and where I could find some to apply.... please let me know so i dont feel like a total idiot.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2006 #3
    you've got so many upside down shelves you should turn the whole thing upside down and you'd be closer to correct.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2006 #4
    you have the same poker set on the top shelf as me:approve:
     
  6. Jan 22, 2006 #5

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    :rofl: The good news is that the way those things are built, it really won't matter if a shelf is upside-down in terms of being able to hold what it's supposed to hold. It'll just look funny.

    The more frightening thing I see is its location, right in front of a window! :eek: A bookshelf that tall should be up against a wall, and anchored to the wall so it doesn't topple onto you.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2006 #6
    How much does that physics text on the left weigh O___O
     
  8. Jan 22, 2006 #7
    I like your wall paper.



    Just Kidding! :biggrin:
     
  9. Jan 22, 2006 #8
    Jelfish, you have to put all the heavy books on the top, not the bottom. You are safe to about 3x the rated loading. I figure its got a safety factor of 3.0
     
  10. Jan 22, 2006 #9
    I just noticed how dirty your carpet is....
     
  11. Jan 22, 2006 #10
    Are you confusing species again? :confused:
     
  12. Jan 22, 2006 #11
    Ahhhhh! Man not again!
     
  13. Jan 22, 2006 #12
    That thing is going to kill you!
     
  14. Jan 22, 2006 #13

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    Seems like bad Feng Shui to put the bookshelves in front of the window.
     
  15. Jan 22, 2006 #14

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    :surprised :surprised :surprised

    I didn't come on here to have my interior decorating skills mocked
     
  16. Jan 22, 2006 #15

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    It's a lot cleaner than most bedroom pictures I see online.

    From what I see anyways. He might've crammed everything on the other side of the room, so he can look good on PF. :eek:
     
  17. Jan 22, 2006 #16

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    You should see what happens when that camera moves about 30 degrees to the right :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  18. Jan 22, 2006 #17

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    Oh, right, sorry, forgive us. :redface: You came on here to have your building and instruction following skills mocked. :biggrin:

    I guess if you don't want to take it apart and turn the upside-down shelves right-side-up, you could get contact paper in a color that would match your room and cover the shelves so nobody can tell that some are wrong-side-up. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Jan 22, 2006 #18
    Please, never set up your own lab experiments, EVER. This is why you do physics and not mechanical engineering. Just read the theory in the instructions. Let the qualified engineers do the real grunt work.
     
  20. Jan 22, 2006 #19

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    What was harder...

    ...making the bookshelf?

    ...or...

    ... making space for the bookshelf? :biggrin:
     
  21. Jan 22, 2006 #20
    I know those shelves. I've put them together hundreds of times back when I put together store displays. Don't they have the quick connect cams so you can easily take it apart? Oh but you probably used all the nails putting the back on didn't you?
    I can put those shelves together in about 4 minutes, so grab your pliers pull out the nails in the back and do the job right.
     
  22. Jan 22, 2006 #21

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    How can i just rip the nails out??? They are nailed in!
     
  23. Jan 22, 2006 #22

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    If they're finishing nails and have no heads, you're screwed. hahah :redface: sorry

    I made the same bookcase!! I don't know what happened to it, I think it got lost in a move years ago.

    I don't remember it having any nails, it was all screws and those little plastic doohickeys that go into the holes.
     
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  24. Jan 22, 2006 #23
    Actually, try to pull the boards off of the other boards.... The nails can't possibly hold it that well... That or learn something from the magnet thread.
     
  25. Jan 22, 2006 #24

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    They're screws in the sides on that style, not the cams. Cams usually are used for the tops of things like desks and utility carts (can you tell I've put more than a few of these things together in my life? I've been the "some assembly required" assembler since my early teenage years.) As for the back, just rip it back off...the cardboard will pop off around those tiny nail heads. Bang those nails in flush so they aren't in the way (it's not worth the effort to remove them), pick up a package of wire nails from the hardware store (they're a little smaller than the ones it comes with, but close enough...or else if you have one nail to bring with you, you can match it up to the right size), and after you've turned everything the right way, just nail the back on with your new nails. All you have to do is put the nails in between the previous holes to avoid hitting the old nails (this also works when the back gets ripped off while moving the bookcase :uhh:).
     
  26. Jan 22, 2006 #25

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    Yeah, the back will pop right off, do you have a little crowbar? Those things are handy. Little finishing nails will put it back together.
     
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