Downstairs Cat Platforms – Part 8

In case you missed it, here are the previous links for this now-completed project:

DINING ROOM:
PART 1 – CONSTRUCTION
PART 2 – RAMP FAIL
PART 3 – COMPLETED!
DOWNSTAIRS HALL & LIVING ROOM:
PART 1 – CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
PART 2 – I THOUGHT I WAS DONE
PART 3 – LIVING ROOM EXPANSION BEGINS
PART 4 – LIVING ROOM EXPANSION COMPLETED
PART 5 – LAUNDRY ROOM EXPANSION COMPLETED
PART 6 – REPAIR #1
PART 7 – 2 MORE PLATFORMS ADDED TO THE LIVING ROOM
PART 8 – REPAIR #2

Today I heard a huge crash.  I ran out into the front hall and saw one of the downstairs hall cat platforms had ripped right out of the wall.  Apparently when Birdie was leaping off it onto a higher platform it was the last straw for the 6 wall anchors and the whole shelf ripped right out:

Jim witnessed it and assured me Birdie wasn’t hurt, or even phased by it *PHEW*!!!  It appears the ends of the metal shelf brackets have slowly bent over time:

I grabbed a pair of black, heavy duty iron shelf brackets in the basement which I bought on Amazon last year.  They’re weight rated for 200 pounds so I think we’re good!   The original shelf was too narrow [6″] for the iron brackets so I went down to the workshop and used my table saw to cut a piece of painted plywood [which is actually my original stained glass work table, which I painted white a few weeks ago, but which didn’t work out!] to 8″ wide:

Old shelf in back, new shelf in front:

Then screwed the new brackets onto the shelf, and the shelf to the wall using new anchors and huge screws:

Just to be extra safe I also screwed a little metal L-bracket to the shelf and side-wall:

Jim was impressed with how sturdy the new shelf felt – it doesn’t have an ounce of give, so hopefully it will be able to withstand a few more years of Birdie and Darwin jumping onto and off of it.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas & Hanukkah, and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

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