When you live alone, it’s not easy to fix stuff by yourself. My motto of “if I can knit a sweater, I can do anything” comes up short on occasion. However, if you mix coffee with your [easyazon_link identifier=”B00AAJRPZY” locale=”US” tag=”ajreeves512-20″]Premier protein[/easyazon_link] in the morning, you can get a lot done in one day.
Here is a story of one occasion. One day I wanted to mount a cabinet in my laundry room. I had taken the cabinet off the wall in my kitchen two years earlier. The cabinet had been wrapped in plastic and stored on my porch. I saved the screws that had attached the cabinet to the wall.
When I start a project, I usually discover something that has to be done first before I can start the original project. The laundry room needed to be cleaned out before I could work on the cabinet. It’s “always something my little Roseana dana” (does anyone get this reference?)
After cleaning the laundry room out, I marked the studs and lines on the wall. I used my level to get straight lines. Climbing on appliances is dangerous folks. Just sayin’. So use your ladder for climbing.
Last year I made some small trolleys with casters on the bottom. They were perfect for rolling the cabinet around. Moving the cabinet into the kitchen turned out to be the easiest part of the whole project.
The door way to the laundry room was just barely wide enough for the cabinet to fit through standing on its end. So how was I going to get the cabinet up on the wall by myself? Coffee and brains my friends! My laundry room is about seven feet by seven feet. The washer, dryer, and the propane furnace are all in that small space.
The washer and dryer sit on a 10″ platform. The top of the washer sits at 52 inches. I stood the cabinet on its end and manhandled it up onto the top of the washer and dryer. I used books, boards, and some milk crates to raise the cabinet up to the proper level to mount. I considered getting the jack out of my truck. I used my [easyazon_link identifier=”B002RLR0EY” locale=”US” tag=”ajreeves512-20″]Dewalt 18v drill[/easyazon_link] and the old screws to attach the cabinet to the wall. I call this process “Jethro engineering” (that is a reference to the Beverly Hillbillies for those of us old enough to remember). When you don’t have extra hands, or the right tools, sometimes you have to improvise.
The cabinet is mounted on the wall. It works great. Now I have a place to store stuff that used to sit on top of the washer. It might not be completely level, but I can guarantee that it wont come off the wall. A bit of thinking and wrangling got the job done.