|| Cabinet Basics:
Installing Kitchen Wall
Part 2 Hanging
A Single Cabinet
Bruce W. Maki, Editor
A Basic Single Cabinet Installation:
Prior to this, a line had been drawn on the wall to mark the top edge of the
cabinets, and the studs were located with a stud finder and marked.
I placed the bottle jack on the counter, on top of a scrap of wood.
Then I set the cabinet on top of the jack and made sure it was up
against the corner.
Then I simply jacked the cabinet into position. The jack was positioned just
ahead of the center of the cabinet, so the unit leans back and does not tend to
I drilled holes at the studs and installed 3-1/2" screws, but did not
tighten them all the way.
The screws I used. They are expensive, about $6 a pound, but worth it
because the wide head holds the wood firmly.
I checked all sides of the cabinet for plumb and level. I ended up
putting a few shims in the back, and then I drove the screws all the way
As mentioned earlier, I drive screws into all the studs I can reach, on
both the top and bottom rail. As a final "stress test" I grab onto the
cabinet and hang from it. If it can support my 150 pounds then it can
support a heckova lot of canned food. (I would not recommend heavier
people test cabinets in this way. The screws may hold into the wall but
the cabinet structure may collapse.)
Continue to Page 3 for the
installation of a tall divider panel
and the final steps.
Photos of the final cabinet and counter installation:
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