I finally found the shelf I wanted for the conservatory closet at Home Depot. (They had just received a new shipment.)
I needed a piece 91 inches long. Since they only come in 12-foot sections it needed to be cut down. (I had to buy the entire 12-foot piece.)
I was assisted at the store by a customer service rep who used a pneumatic bolt cutter to cut the shelving. She took it off the rack, measured it to my specifications, cut it, and helped me to the cash register. Truly the best service I’ve ever had at Home Depot.
I marked the drill bit with tape so it wouldn’t go into the wall too deep and hit something like ductwork that I know is in this particular wall.
Once home I marked the inside of the closet with a long level line and drilled 1/4-inch holes for the wall plugs which are built into the back clips.
These should not be more than 12 inches apart. Mine were 11.
The only one that gave me any trouble was the left end which went into a stud. The plastic plug buckled a little making it difficult to push in the nail. Instead I found a similar sized screw and Charlie screwed it in.
The other brackets are held with a nail/pin that just gets pushed in with the handle end of a hammer.
I hooked the shelf onto the brackets and measured for the front-end brackets.
Notice that the one on the left wall is lined up with the dryer exhaust duct. We had to drive a screw into this, too.
If we ever decided to actually put a washer and dryer in this closet the shelf will need to be shortened.
I had purchased 16-inch brackets for this 16-inch shelf but since it has a hanging rail at 12 inches it only needs 12-inch brackets.
Back to Home Depot for an exchange.
The shelf is totally up and ready for use.
Next item: Put the doors on the closet.
What’s next on your list?