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Can someone help with a DIY question please?

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ThatBloodyWoman Fri 23-Jan-15 15:18:01

I want to fix something on the wall with a couple of slots on the back to slot over nails/screws (can't think how better to describe it!).
But,given that its a solid object,how can I tell where to position the screws?
< scratches head> confused

PigletJohn Fri 23-Jan-15 15:45:45

you use keyhole plates.

You measure the screws in the wall very carefully, and position the plates to match. It is harder to drill and plug the screw holes so accurately.

A torch and mirror at the side will help.

Once you have got the first one in, the second will be easy.

If you have got slots in the cabinet you can see through, you peer through when you offer the first hole to its screw.

ThreeQuartersEmpty Fri 23-Jan-15 15:48:31

Measure accurately how far down from the top and how far apart the slots on the back of the thing are.
Hold the thing up to the wall and position it where you want it.
Make a small pencil mark at the top of the thing on the wall.
Measure down and across the distance that you measured before.
Use a spirit level to get them level across.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 23-Jan-15 15:49:26

Thanks piglet.
There's already 'plates' in the back that look like keyholes.
Do I just measure up,use a spirit level,and go for it?

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 23-Jan-15 15:54:06

Thanks Three, I cross posted!
Makes sense now!
I'm a bit blush I hadn't figured it out now !

Trumpton Fri 23-Jan-15 16:15:11

I would make a template from stiff cardboard . Cut it the same width as the item and line it up with the top of . Poke holes where the slots are. Offer template to wall and mark. If the height is important make sure you allow for the screw heads to sit at the top of the slots.
I am showing the template that came with our dishwasher door. Hth.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 23-Jan-15 16:27:29

Thats a bloody good idea Trumpton!

I wish I'd been taught some basic diy at school.

It'd be so much more useful than knowing how to draw and label all the parts of a flower.

Trumpton Fri 23-Jan-15 16:32:25

Pleased to help. My lovely dad taught me basic plumbing and DIY. Stood me in good stead all my life.

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