patrick and i had been needing a place to store all of our books and cameras (which had, until recently, been living on the floor) since we'd moved in. unfortunately, almost all of our walls are very old brick, which has been problematic for us because half of the time we drill a hole for an anchor, the brick crumbles into dust. so we've figured out ways to bypass the walls altogether for both our open pipe closet and our new bookcase by running pipe and flange from floor to ceiling instead.
we measured and drilled holes in the boards, fed the pipes through the holes, and held them in place using clamps on both sides of each hole. we both had so many cameras that we still couldn't fit all of them on the shelves, but we've been able to organize about half of our collection of vintage cameras and books.