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Drill Holes in drywall are off, can I fix them and drill holes directly above?

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Asked at 2010.01.09 20:14:42
I am installing 2 shelves side by side above my couch. My right shelve installed flawlessly. The left one, however.... The right side screw hole is down about a 1/4" from where it needs to be to be level, and the shelf as a whole needs to rise up another 1/4" (my ceiling seems to dip or slant in a place there, as I measured from the ceiling down)

I have put joint compound into the holes, waiting for them to dry, to apply another layer. Once dried, will I be able to drill 1/4" holes right above the current patches holes, and the patched holes be able to support the weight?

Or am I doomed to patch all 4 holes, and raise the shelves and start from scratch :(
answer The Handyguys  Answered at 2010.01.09 20:14:42
Its going to depend on the weight and the type of anchor. Ideally you want to be attaching shelves into the studs behind the drywall. If you do this then the patch will not effect anything. Since your holes are 1/4" I presume you are using plastic anchors. Those anchors are not meant for heavy stuff so I would say you would be fine.
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