Quite a simple one here - I hope. I'm planning to put up a pine shelf of 40cm x 240cm on a solid brick wall. It will have what I would think of as a medium/heavy load as it will be used for cans of food and some crates of electrical equipment.
What I would like to know is:
- Should I use 40cm brackets, or would 30cm do the job?
Personally, I would go with the 30cm bracket if using a sturdy material like pine but either would do the trick if you feel safer having the bracket run all the way to the front of the shelf. I'd recommend using three brackets per shelf to eliminate risk of sag under a heavy load.
In terms of fixings, i'd go with 8mm x 40mm plugs with 50-55mm screws depending on how thick your brackets are, as you generally want your screws to run 10mm past the plugs.
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