Introduction: Fix Broken Clear Fridge Shelf - Quickly, Easily, and Cheaply
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.
approximately 15 minutes
-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?"