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How to Successfully Install New Cabinets for your Kitchen

Posted on 23 April 2018 by admin (0)

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? Well, remodeling your kitchen will definitely give your kitchen a new shape and as a bonus, you can add it to your list of activities to de-stress yourself. You’ll realize this after seeing your new kitchen filled with life and beautiful color combination.

So here are some pro tips you’ll need to successfully install cabinets:

Mark Up the Wall.

A great cabinet installation begins with a good layout. Start your measurement from the highest point in the floor, then draw a line marking up the top of the lower cabinets. Measure 19-1/2 inches from that line and then draw one more line for the base of the upper cabinets.

Put a label on the cabinet to identify their locations on the wall. Draw a line straight down to line up the edge of the cabinet that will be installed first.

Remove the cabinet shelves, drawers and doors.

The next step to take is to remove the shelves, drawers, and doors. This makes the installation process easier and also prevents any form of damage during installation.

Start with the upper cabinets.

It’s easier to hang the upper cabinets first when you’re not hanging over the bottom cabinets. You should rest the upper cabinets on a ledger board— this is to ensure a straight alignment and to nullify the frustration and stress of holding the cabinets in position while screwing them to the wall.

Clamp, Drill, then Fasten.

When connecting a cabinet to another, align the face frames, and then clamp them together. The two cabinets should be properly fastened to the wall at this stage, but you will probably have to loosen one cabinet or another to get the face frames to align perfectly.

Hand-screw clamps don’t flex, and the lesser the flex, the tighter the grip.

Pre-drill a 1/8 inch hole before you screw them together using a 2-1/2 inch screw.

Scribe with a block of wood and make use of good screws, preferably R4 screws. Do not use drywall screws.

Level the back of the cabinet, then level the sides using shims.

If you don’t want your eggs rolling off a slanted countertop, then it’s important you carry out this step.

Secure the cabinets to the floor using 2X2s.

Firstly trace an outline of the cabinets on the floor and then screw 2×2 woods to the floor about 1/2 in. on the inside of the line so as to account for the cabinets’ thickness. Anchor the cabinets to the 2x2s using good screws. If need be, you can place flooring blocks beneath the 2x2s.

If you are planning to tile the kitchen after installing the cabinets, raise the cabinets off the floor.

Cut oversize holes

Cutting the exact hole size for drain pipes isn’t advisable. Larger holes allow for sliding the cabinets easily.