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May. 6th, 2007

04:47 pm - Mars Needs Molly Bolts (well, I do)

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So today I went out to Target to look for three specific bathroom fixtures: a toothbrush stand, a towel rod, and a toilet paper holder.

TOOTHBRUSH STAND: Can't be anything fragile like glass or ceramic, in case someone knocks it over. Metal's not so good either because *VERY LOUD CLATTER*. Looked for a plastic one. Damn, it's hard to find 'em except in metal and ceramic. Found a plastic one, but it looked a bit unstable. In case it didn't work out, got a metal one as well, wrapped in bamboo. But hey, if I put it on the right side of the sink, the table's underneath and it won't have far to fall! The metal one's working nicely.

TOWEL ROD: Found a very nice-looking metal-tube affair. Mom wants it on the left side of the sink, so the door has to clear it without hitting it. It clears it, I checked. But I haven't installed it yet. Why? Read on.

TOILET PAPER HOLDER: Found a nice hook-shaped rod that matches the towel rod. But trying to put it up was a FIASCO. Long story short, there's now three holes in the wall; one hits something solid I can't drill into and is useless. The other two are big and ugly, and the little plastic screw anchors have been lost forever inside them. Gave up in despair, hot, tired, and pissed off. Now that I'm cooled off and feeling better, I think I can salvage the project. Must visit the hardware store to get some molly bolts.

Oh yeah, I also got WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete First Season, a loaf of bread, and a Lightning Storm McQueen (like in that scene in "Cars" where McQueen imagines he's a movie star playing a superhero car that can fly!)

Current Mood: calmbetter now
Current Music: Weird Al Yankovic - Hardware Store

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From:ronald_mack
Date:May 6th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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What's wrong with using a glass to hold your toothbrushes?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 7th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
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Why is everyone so dead-set on making me put my toothbrushes in a glass (or cup)? Can't I buy a toothbrush holder if I want to?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:May 7th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
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I'm not. I grew up with one metal holder nailed to the wall (never fallen, no clatter) and one plastic holder resting on the sink (also never fallen).
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From:deckardcanine
Date:May 7th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
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Er, in case it wasn't clear, I meant to reply to your complaint that "everyone" wanted you to get a glass for your brushes.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:May 7th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
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I hate those wall anchors too. Granted, I have zero handyman aptitude, but those anchor things are always more trouble than they're worth in my hands, if I don't manage to mangle them before they even go into the wall, they get so going there. In the odd chance that they survive *that* un-mangled, the act of putting a screw in them always makes short work of them.

I'm always in awe when I watch my dad do such things (he has mechanical aptitude to spare), and wonder why it never got passed down to me (or my sister that I know of, , but even if she does have some, it's not nearly on the scale he does I'm sure.)
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From:orv
Date:May 7th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
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The plastic wall anchors are useless. Get the little metal ones that look like screws. (I think the brand name is "Wall Driller".) I used them all the time for putting up security cameras. They're easier to install than the push-in plastic ones and don't pull out as easily.
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