Introduction: Installing an Iron Caddy- Getting Love From Your Life Partner/wife/squeeze

This is a very basic instructable, mostly to help someone who has never installed shelves or a holder or in this case an iron caddy. Completing this simple task gives you a range of useful skills, as well as making the above mentioned beloved one happy(and more accepting of the hours you spend tinkering and pouring over instructables.com).

The main point in this instructable is to use small plastic drywall anchors to help secure the holder to the drywall. Without these anchors, the screws will tear-out from the wall leaving the heavy iron on your life-partner's foot- and angry words in your ears regarding your lack of craftsmanship.

This method can be adapted from using a very small anchor to hang a small picture, for example, to using big, honking metal anchors to secure a backyard deck to the concrete foundation wall of a house.

Step 1: Parts & Tools

you'll need drill bits, a drill, drywall anchors, screws, and the iron caddy. A level and a pencil will help you place the caddy in the right place.

Step 2: Position the Iron Caddy

Make sure the caddy is at a height you can reach but the kids can't. Check that it won't obstruct cabinets doors, washing machine doors or anything else. It seems obvious but, heck, I forget and have to do these jobs over again, instead of planning in the first place.

Use the level to make it nice and level, then mark the points where the screws will attach it to the wall. Check your position again to make sure(yeah, measure twice cut once yadda, yadda, yadda but do it anyway).

It always makes the job easier to have a helper to mark the screw wholes and so on.

It also helps to have a camera operator when photographing an instructable!

Step 3: Drill the Holes

Start by drilling a small pilot hole for each of the screw holes you marked in the previous step. Pilot holes help you guide the bigger drill bits you'll need to make the holes accomodate the drywall anchors.

Usually the box the anchors came in will tell you the proper size of drill bit you need for the given anchors you bought. If you found the anchors at the bottom of your tool box, compare the end of a drill bits until you find a size that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the anchor(shown below).

Step 4: Set the Anchors

If you drilled the proper size of final holes, you should find the anchors slide in with finger pressure. A tap with a hammer should seat them the rest of the way. Hey, He-man, a tap gentle-like, no Wacky-Wacky...

Step 5: Attach the Iron Caddy to the Wall

Screw the screws through the eyeletes into the anchors.You don't have to do this with a drill, but it gets tiresome to do it with an ordinary screw driver.

Place the the iron in the caddy, and feel the love from a grateful 'Squeeze'.(sorry no photos of that- try the "how to kiss" instructable)

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-19

Intelligent idea. I would have never thought of this. My mom just has it on the floor, or in the closet. We won't do this because we don't use it in the laundry room (garage), but it's a great idea. +1 rating.

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adamvs (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-19

Thanks! Perhaps it could go in the closet or where the iron is used. Truth is, I haven't ironed anything in years- permanent press, Hurrah! But my lady sometimes irons her blouses and so on.

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