Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike those ginormous, almost walk-in fridges where carrot remnants desperately send out emergency shoots, half-empty yoghurt pots grow blue beanies against the cold, and dried-out sauce bottles linger that haven't been seen since last century? Once our current monster fridge dies, I will buy a bar fridge, which will provide ample space for my needs - minus the unfathomable depths.

Anyway, I digress. One of the shelves of our flash Mitsubishi Refrigerator broke as soon as it saw us, and has been dangling ever since - until I couldn't bear it any longer. On the web, I couldn't find any instructions that didn't involve paper clips, buying special glue, and a dremel, or keeping an ugly ply-wood shelf in the fridge.

Time involved
approximately 15 minutes

Materials used:
-Shoe Goo
-clear plastic discs found on top of new DVD/CD spindles

Here's what I did
I took the broken shelf out, cleaned it, turned it upside down, and propped it on some books to keep it lying flat without dangling.
Then I applied a little shoe goo along the break line (very little, you don't want it squeezing through to the other side).
Next, I applied a little shoe goo on to the flat side of the clear discs - one at a time - and pressed it flat so the glue distributes as evenly as possible without squishing out.

Just so it's clear: The discs are underneath the shelf, not on top...

It's been holding up a while, so I guess it works - and once you've put stuff on the shelf the break and glued discs are almost invisible.

UPDATE SIX MONTHS LATER: the shelf is holding even the heavy stuff as strongly as on the first day!

UPDATE AFTER TWO YEARS: still going strong!

UPDATE AFTER THREE AND A HALF YEARS: I think the fridge itself will die before the shelf... still holding up strong. Very soon, however, people will ask, "what are DVDs?"

<p>Hi there,</p><p>I know this post is now VERY old but I'm so glad I <br>found it! I have fixed several shelves in a couple of our fridges at <br>home using this method and all worked beautifully! They happen to be <br>shelves that hold heavy glass jars and bottles with all my pickled and <br>fermented foods, with no sign of failing. Thank you again!!</p>
Hi there, so glad you found this useful! Hope your shelves hold up as well as mine. They're still going strong. I wish I had the money to buy a smaller fridge, but since it's still going well there's other stuff higher up on the priority list. Best wishes for the New Year from NZ. Sabine
<p>Yes, that's an excellent idea!</p><p>I took the discs because I didn't want to buy anything. I already had the discs, and now they've been put to good use instead of ending up in the landfill. </p><p>By the way - the shelf is still holding up like a trooper... it's been more than a year!</p><p>Thanks very much for your comment.</p>
<p>you could also use some plexiglass, then it would be one piece along the whole breakline.</p>
This has been the best post I've read today. Thank you.
Thank you for your nice comment - very encouraging!

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