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Adele's picture

Cookbook Related (post #62912)

So there was a noise after I was in bed.  Got up to investigate, didn't see anything out of the ordinary.  Back to bed.   More noise, this time way worse, sort of a heavy crashing noise.   Even though I knew there was no one in the place, I donned my glasses and grabbed my 2ft steel bar and crept out of the room, furtively turning on lights looking about for what was happening.


What was happening was that my top bookshelf collapsed into the second shelf, then into the third, stopping on the fourth on top of my Baking With Julia (as it is tall) breaking the cover.  What a mess. 


The books are now stacked on the floor, the shelves next to them.  I have no room for another bookshelf, not sure what I am going to do.  They are in nice neat stcks, on the floor.  LOL


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Gretchen's picture

(post #62912, reply #1 of 24)

Oh, my. Stronger shelves in the same place? Use concrete blocks a la the old dorm room bookshelf technique?

Gretchen

Gretchen
Adele's picture

(post #62912, reply #3 of 24)

I actually have good bookshelves, got them at Wood You or Wood U or something like that.  They are heavy and real.  BUT, I had a helluva lot of weight on them.  Too bad the Florida Room gets so humid in the summer, it would be the perfect place for them.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

(post #62912, reply #4 of 24)

Good thing the bookshelf was not near your bed.
Would a dehumidifier work in your Florida room?

Gretchen's picture

(post #62912, reply #5 of 24)

With a culvert sized drain to the outside!  ;o) 

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knitpik's picture

(post #62912, reply #8 of 24)

She could plant fresh herbs under the drain. :)

courgette's picture

(post #62912, reply #13 of 24)

I went to a Christmas party with a spot of blood on my forehead and a black eye from a falling cookbook!


Pat said people would think he had punched me.....I said it was revenge from the cookbook which had been neglected since purchase.....


Mo

Marcia's picture

(post #62912, reply #2 of 24)

That's such a shame, but you were really brave!

You need either stronger bookshelves or lighter-weight cookbooks. lol

LuciaK's picture

(post #62912, reply #6 of 24)

A cookbook tragedy! Were the books okay? I say that seriously, because book spines can be broken in shelf avalanche situations. I love that proud and tall Julia Child stopped the shelves from further damage!


 


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Marie Louise's picture

(post #62912, reply #7 of 24)

Did the bookcase break beyond repair? Maybe those boys in the shed can offer advice on how to strengthen?

Rhea's picture

(post #62912, reply #9 of 24)

That is one of my nightmares....eeek! If I buy another book they will have to start holding up my bed :)!

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

Marcia's picture

(post #62912, reply #11 of 24)

If I buy another book they will have to start holding up my bed :)!

You must try to start thinking of that as a *good* thing. LOL

Rhea's picture

(post #62912, reply #21 of 24)

I do, except... that before I met my sweetie, I was very comfortable with a stack in the bed along side of me to browse through,......now I have to find another spot to put that stack and the new ones I have bought recently.


He has yet to notice that his own bookshelves at his apartment are slowly becoming filled with my books...LOL!!! He always makes fun of me that I still know each title that I own and exactly where it is in my place....ugh...is this a new condition called cookbookitus????


:) 


I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

Marcia's picture

(post #62912, reply #22 of 24)

Rhea, in my experience, cookbookitus is a very old condition. It's possible that you've contracted it more recently than I, but it's very hard to cure. ;-)

Rhea's picture

(post #62912, reply #23 of 24)

I've tried avoiding bookstores, Costco, even used bookstores, but I am unable to stop the obsession...


Maybe Calvin Klein should have put my picture in those ads for that fragrance of his....just holdin' up a couple of books to cover the privates...LOL...


 


I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

Marcia's picture

(post #62912, reply #24 of 24)

LOL.

I don't think there is a Cookbooks Anonymous, but perhaps there should be - nah, that would do away with all the fun.

bjb0777's picture

(post #62912, reply #10 of 24)

I sympathise my DH asked me a couple of years ago for a birthday wish. I said bookshelves in the basement for my 700+ cookbooks..overflowing everywhere! He built them..one day I noticed a sag..too much weight..reinforcement was necessary!! We did laugh.. Still standing..but do need an extension!!


Edited 1/16/2008 9:26 pm ET by bjb0777

Wolvie's picture

(post #62912, reply #12 of 24)

did the shelf supports pull out of the wall?

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

Adele's picture

(post #62912, reply #14 of 24)

Y'all are too funny.


The FL room has jaloise windown on three sides, no way a de-humidifier would work.  (Plus, that would increase my electric bill running a de-humidifier 24/7)


The top shelf supports pulled out on one side, tore the wood, then a chain reaction ensued.


I have put them back up, in different holes.  I have taken off @50-75 lbs worth of books, some of which are in my bedroom (food stories) and some of which (ethnic) are stacked against a wall in the living room.  I have more space than ever and still no place to put things.  LOL


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But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Gretchen's picture

(post #62912, reply #15 of 24)

don't you think the humidity is the same throughout your house, and you could keep books out there as well as anywhere?  Or maybe that isn't the problem/question.


Gretchen
Gretchen
Adele's picture

(post #62912, reply #17 of 24)

I will run the central A/C in the summer, keep the French doors between the living room and the FL room closed.   The jaloise windows are the slat ones that are sideways, no way to make them weather tight.  (It's also cold in there when it's cold outside, so very glad my Dad fixed the inside doors)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Gretchen's picture

(post #62912, reply #19 of 24)

Oh, I am  familiar with Florida rooms. Myfolks lived in Vero for a good while. But I see your point about the AC, etc. No baseboard heater for it--or you just don't need it when it is cold probably.

Gretchen

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Glenys's picture

(post #62912, reply #16 of 24)

Metro shelving at Costco.  Trust me.

Heather's picture

(post #62912, reply #20 of 24)

That Metro shelving is great--I have my fabric stash stacked on it. Can you get shallower shelves for books?

Lee's picture

(post #62912, reply #18 of 24)

Oh boy.  I'm glad you're okay.


I had a similar occurence years ago when I lived in NYC.  I'd hired a handyman to hang a wall of bookshelves.  I woke up one night to the sound of a huge crash.  The bolts had pulled right out of the wall, and everything came down on top of the sofa that sat under the shelves.  I had been sitting on that sofa not more than half an hour earlier.  I've never had shelving hung over seating pieces again.