What’s Not Holding Us Up

Weeks ago Charlie and I hung the living room curtain rods.  We were careful to use the drywall inserts so the rods would be sturdy.

The small plastic anchors that cam with the curtain rods pulled out even before hanging the curtains.
The small plastic anchors that came with the curtain rods pulled out even before hanging the curtains.

Unfortunately even before the curtains (and they are fairly heavy) were hung the brackets showed signs of weakness and were already leaning southward.

The plastic anchors that came with our curtain rods totally failed.
The plastic anchors that came with our curtain rods totally failed.

We took a quick Monday morning trip to Lowes where there are all sorts of anchors and mollies and toggles.  Charlie stopped an obviously experienced contractor-type who told us what he would use in a similar situation. ( E-Z Ancor Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors.)

The bolt slides along the toggle until it is behind the drywall then the toggle flips and holds the curtain rod bracket tight.  Ingenious.
The bolt slides along the toggle until it is behind the drywall then the toggle flips and holds the curtain rod bracket tight. Ingenious.

We bought 8 even though some of the original plastic anchors seem to be holding just fine.  Anyway, Charlie did this project alone and when I came home, lo and behold, all ready for me to work my magic.  (The magic I had planned for last Saturday.)

From the front the toggle bolts look similar to the screws but the sturdiness is rated to 100 pounds.
From the front the toggle bolts look similar to the screws but the sturdiness is rated to 100 pounds.

So the living room curtain rods are up, again.

Can you tell me why manufacturers of things like curtain rods don’t put reasonable hardware in the package? After all one rod for $45 seems like a lot to me, Mr. Penney.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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