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Fix broken refrigerator shelves (probably works on other plastic stuff too…)

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After one too many slams of our fridge door (1,000 thanks to our resident 12 year old boy) two of the shelves in the door cracked in enough places that they were beginning to sag under the weight of the contents. Neither wanting to pay the $50+ replacement cost nor wanting to clutter up the landfill with more plastic, I set about repairing them.

Step 1: Tools and Materials needed

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Materials:
You will need:
-Zip ties (it's best to match the colour of the plastic for aesthetic reasons)

Tools
You will need:
-Some sort of rotary tool, a Dremel works very well
-A drill bit that corresponds to the size of your zip ties, I used an 1/8 twist bit
-A snipping tool. I like dog toenail clippers but scissors work well.
 
lemonie6 years ago
I like the repair idea, knowing how these things break it's hard to fix them. Had you thought about a quick flame on the drill holes to smooth and toughen? I see these as the next obvious place for future mechanical failure. L
longjon76 (author)  lemonie6 years ago
I didn't think about that but I will definitely give it a shot if the repair doesn't hold up. I plan on pulling the shelves out in a few weeks to see how the repair is doing. If there are cracks forming then, I'll do that.