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Pantry Progress

A little while back, I decided to officially convert the back hall off our kitchen into a functional pantry. I installed some shelving to fit the space behind the door leading into the kitchen. At the same time, I cut some boards to go in the broom/recycling closet out there, but stopped short of installing them because the outer wall was cinderblock (or cement) and I didn't have any masonry bits for the drill.

I bought a masonry bit to test on another patch of cinderblock that was easier to get to than the wall in the tiny closet. Ha. I thought I was going to tear the drill up (not to mention the wall) just trying to drill a nail hole to hang my memo board. I decided to put that project on hold 'til I could consult with Dad over the weekend. We managed to mount the first two shelves in the closet before dinner on Saturday evening, leaving me the others to do over the weekend. After spending an hour (unsuccessfully) trying to drill the holes for the third set of brackets, I gave up, took a second trip to Sears and bought a more expensive ($1.99) drill bit. I had the remaining 12 holes drilled in about 5 minutes.

Lesson: When buying masonry bits, buy the bit with the biggest, fattest carbide insert you can find. The double groove design is a plus, too. Your shoulders will thank you.

I mounted my shelves, custom spacing them to accommodate my Tupperware containers and cereal boxes. When I repaint the room (which I plan to do soon), I'll paint the shelves at the same time.

Before... Recycling

Recycling Chaos :(

After... Organization!

Clutter-Free Closet! :)



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 3rd, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Woot! Shelves! And I concur WRT masonry bits. I've used cheap and good. Good is definitely worth the money.
Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm still sore from all the drilling I did with the first bit!
Oct. 3rd, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for home improvement projects!!!

I love it! =)
Oct. 3rd, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
Fall is my Spring. It renews me with energy and makes me feel creative; full of potential. I hope to get a lot of things done around the house this season.
Oct. 4th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Most impressive! I've never used a masonry bit for my drill, but I'll keep your advice in mind for whan that comes up.

If you have any advice for how to drill in tight places, as in the drill really just doesn't fit into the space to do the drilling, I'd love to hear it!
Oct. 4th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well, we've got a set of the quick-change change bits--which I frequently use--the mechanism of which automatically extends the bit a few inches, making it generally easier to reach into tight places. However, there are a variety of drill bit extensions available in different lengths, specifically designed for that purpose.

If the problem is that the area/angle is so small/tight that a full-size drill body can't be maneuvered in the space, there are some compact drills out there that might be what you need.
Oct. 4th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, a compact drill might be exactly what I'm needing as the problem is that the drill itself is just too big in areas to fit where it needs to be to do what I need to do. I'll need to look into this when I get to the hardware store. Thanks!
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