Monday, December 7, 2009

And the Walls Came a-Tumbling Down

Walls of jars and cans, that is.

We Preppers have lots of food in cans and jars. Traditional commercial canned goods and food we can ourselves is less expensive than those expensive free-dried food for preps, for one thing, and this way much of our food storage is what we use anyway - thus it gets automatically rotated.

But these things are HEAVY and full of water, unlike dehydrated or freeze dried food. So when the husband and I put together the kitchen pantry unit we added center reinforcement to the shelves that would hold heavy stuff. OTOH, we left the side attachments as they were, little push in plastic crap in pre-drilled holes in the press-board sides.


Yesterday morning I went into the pantry unit to get something out of it. As I said, this is full of stuff I use daily. The door of the pantry unit wouldn't close. I casually looked - no can were blocking it. Odd. I looked further. Okay, one of the shelves had slid forward a bit and was blocking the door. I figured I could just slid it back....

I pushed - and the little support under that corner of the shelf popped out and skittered across the flood. And the hole it has been in was deformed, as was the little support. In fact, ALL the supports and holes of that shelf and the one above it had that problem. And the sides of the unit were bowed out severely.

The cans, now realizing that with the door open and support in that corner gone, started sliding.....

I grabbed boxes and stared loading cans and jars into the box, starting with the heaviest ones. But as I emptied shelf space the shelves got MORE angled and slidey, I guess as torsion changed and the unit warped differently. More of the stupid mostly useless plastic shelf supports skittered around the floor.

I did rescue all the jars and cans before any died. Then washed the shelves, since that was easy and they were accessible. Then it was off to the hardware store for L shaped brackets.... then the joy of installing them on top an bottom of each shelf, since there is NOTHING I like batter than wielding a heavy drill while flat on my back wearing safety glasses to keep particle board shards out of my eyes ...

Oh, wait - all my husband's #2 drill bits were in BAD shape. I glared at him (at least he was working with me on this) and went back to the hardward store for a 10 pack of them. And every dang #2 drill bit was from China, to boot. Gag. Had to buy 'em anyway.

Back home, back to work. Opened a bar of Lindt milk chocolate (not that IT is American made, either, for that matter). Finally got it all done, but it took forever. Would have been FAR easier doing it at the beginning, no flat on back drilling if we could have put the unit on ITS back, but it's bolted to the wall and other furniture.

How was YOUR weekend?

Frondly, Fern


  1. Keep all your comments to yourself and off my site.


  2. Jason, don't INVITE comments then get pissy at honest ones. The video SUCKS. And you SHOULD be bitchslapped by a Crone. Or many Crones.

  3. Rather off-topic, I apologize- but I absolutely refuse to use Twitter and could not find another way to contact you. I was just forwarded the page where Judy Kalles is trying to tell you that Apollo has Celtic consorts...the big detail that she seems to be missing is that this isn't the Greek Apollo that had these Celtic consorts- it's either a Gaulish god or a Roman-Gaulish syncretisation- there were a lot of associated and syncretised gods. I'm not sure which, but in either case, from what I know, it was pretty common to refer to these gods as Apollo or both Apollo and their Gaulish name- Belenos Apollo for example. Unfortuantely, I don't really have any more information than that or even sources to check- I don't know a whole lot about the Gaulish deities, but I know that much. (And I do know a pretty good bit about the Greek Apollo.)

    Geez, and I can't believe she cited her own book when you asked for a primary source too.

  4. Oh - sorry for all the typos in the blog post. Dunno where my head was at back then.