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Question DetailsAsked on 3/22/2016

Porcelain bathroom shelf leans away from the wall in front-brackets are on bottom in the back. What can I do?

My porcelain bathroom shelf (not a corner shelf) was installed above my sink but leans away from the wall in front because the brackets that hold it are on the bottom in the back of the shelf. My contractor says he would have to cut into the wall, and somehow attach the shelf to the posts with bolts because it has two holes, I assume from the production of the shelf, in the back as well as slits on the very bottom to mount onto the brackets.

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If the brackets are not bending and shelf seems strong enough, perhaps all that is needed is very careful bending of the brackets to open them out (if steel or thick aluminum only) or loosening up the screws/bolts and slipping a shim behind the bottom of the brackets so they tilt up a bit when tightened down.

Pretty hard to drill porcelain and put in more bolts without breaking it, so that is probably out.

Some (especially form well-established manufacturers) have recesses or lips on the back that accept mounting clips that are first screwed/bolted into the studs, THEN the shelf set down over them, then the bottom retaining bolts or screws put in. So if he did not totally remove it, may be the mounting clips did not properly engage the recesses or lips in the shelf at the top, so only the bottom screws are holding it.

Others have lousy design - considering what is put on the shelf usually - only maybe up to 5 pounds or so - commonly you can just adhere it to the wall (in addition to those bottom screws) with epoxy adhesive or silicone caulk or even self-adhesive velcro strip and then caulk around the gap idesired - you just have to be careful any adhesive does not run or squeeze out and make a mess of the wall.

Ahhhh - rereading your question - I will bet those two holes are for the top mounting bolts or studs. See if manufacturer website or Amazon has a picture of the mounting - maybe you did not get the mounting clips and bolts or they were left out when first installed ? Or he might be able to use toggle bolts or epoxied in bolts or such in the holes to attach a mounting strip or wood or fake marble or such to the back of the shelf, then attach THAT to the wall - though it would have to extend beyond the edge of the shelf unless he got real creative with a drop-in clip mounting system.

If this is new install by contractor, I would say he missed the upper bolts in the packaging and should get replacement ones from the manufacturer or put in a new unit for you that will not droop.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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