|Elena and Kayla provide confirmation of my original ideas on floor height.|
My father is a man of action. He is also a man who knows his power tools.
The first step is to mark, with masking tape, the line of the existing shelf-support holes, so that the new holes will be in line with the old holes. I interpreted his instructions to mean running tape on both sides of the holes, as that made it easier for me to see the holes (which aren't straight in the original -- harrumph!) and to make sense of what's going on here.
|High-heeled dolls get to be the height guides.|
Here is my father's most exciting piece of advice: wrap a piece of tape around the drill bit at the level where the hole needs to stop, so you know when you're done.
|Note evidence that I have been reading the drill instructions.|
|Peg in hole! Yay, me!|
|There we go! Correct spot.|
|And here we are! No more worries about falling ceilings.|
If you're wondering what the cat -- who meditates under furniture at the slightest loud noise -- thought of this, here's what he was doing directly behind me while I drilled.
|The drill charger is warm! It is my new friend!|
Next up, in the more plausibly near future, is to re-peg one of the other two shelves in the same manner as this one, to give me another few rooms for the ravening horde. This would allow me to have a dining room next to the existing kitchen, give the living room its own full run of shelving, and squeeze in some more bedrooms.