Huge amount of buyers state in their reviews that these shelves are well built, super strong and extremely easy to assemble. But sometimes there occur different unexpected problems as well. Below, I’ll try to introduce seven most frequent Wire Shelving Problems and effective solutions:
7. Problematic ‘Plastic Pieces’ not Fitting Together Completely
I have seen lots of reviews full of complaints about ‘those plastic pieces’. I mean the clamps that go on the rails to hold the shelves.
Reviewers complain that they are not fitting together completely. That is exactly how they are supposed to be. They need to have a space so they can provide pressure when the shelf is put on it. It needs the pressure to stay in place.
So, it’s time to forget about all these fictional wire shelving problems!
6. Broken Pieces in the Box
Maybe you come across to the ‘1 to 4 star’ reviews complaining about some broken pieces loosed in the box.
Actually these ‘Broken Pieces’ are shipping shims to keep the shelves separate. If you read the directions carefully you’ll make sure that these pieces are not needed for assembly.
5. Miscalculation of Shelf-Liners’ Measures
The space between the wires on each shelf is significant. So you’ll definitely need shelf liners if you’re going to use your shelving unit for any small items or bottles. These sterling and thick layers will instantly give your wire rack all the benefits of a flat surface.
Shelf liners prevent small items from falling through and ensure stability for things like bottles.
But sometimes these liners are not so ‘perfect fit custom tailored’ as they are claimed to be. They can appear several millimeters wider than the shelves. This slight miscalculation can cause the liners to hang over the raised lip edge. Also it will create imbalance depending on the weight of a particular item and how close it is to the off-shooting edge.
Don’t worry about this easily-solvable issue because it is the easiest one among wire shelving problems. You can just cut and trim these liners with a couple of scissors.
4. Problems due to not having the plastic pole pieces at the same level
I’ve seen a couple of negative reviews including pictures with crooked shelves. This is due to not having the plastic pole pieces at the same level.
Use a measuring tape to be sure they are all at the same level.
There was also another picture that was all jacked up with shelves all over the place. Someone assembled this shelving rack incorrectly. The shelves only went on one way. The four corner holes were tapered and needed to be put on the poles tapered side up.
The easiest way to figure it out is the part that hangs down about an inch from the shelf should be facing down. If you put it the other way the shelves will not go on correctly.
3. Problematic Wheels:
Basically Shelving units work fine on wheels and allow owners easily move it around on smooth floor while loaded with heavy boxes or appliances. They are versatile and actively used in the restaurant kitchens, bakeries, cafes, and fast food objects.
But sometimes reviewers complain of the fairly small wheels that don’t work too well on rough finished concrete. Smooth floors are rarely found in garages, so it can cause some unpleasant surprises.
That problem cannot be solved that simply. You should determine in advance where you are going to utilize the shelving unit.
Another problem is that wire racks on wheels can hold less weight than without wheels. Accordingly I advise you to give preference to wheel-free shelving units. They are 6 times more capable and stable than the same sort of shelving on wheels.
2. Wire Shelving Problems due to Misunderstanding in Holding Capacity
Always pay attention to the ‘Holding Capacity’ in description before purchase. There are several different indicators: 1. Holding capacity (on feet); 2. Holding capacity (on wheels); 3. Holding capacity (per shelf); 4. Whole shelving unit holding capacity.
Sometimes there is missing some of these indicators in description. You should identify all of them if you don’t want to get frustrated.
1. Fake Descriptions
Fake Description must be the most serious issue among all wire shelving problems.
In Fake Description I mean usage of the phrase ‘Heavy-Duty’ in vain. This is really the most serious and frequent problem.
Do not trust the seller on these words. Check holding capacity – real HEAVY-DUTY racks should hold about 800-1000 pounds per shelf. Usually they are also thicker and have life-time warranty