I was watching holmes on homes, and saw a tool used to hang cabinets
that I'm interested in learning about. It looked like a 2x4 with a
speed squared at the end. The 2x4 hanged out from the wall, and the
speed square was adjusted for level, and then you can place the
cabinet on top of it to hang it. Too often, too many hands are
involved, and this tool looks real handy.
So, anyone have info on it?
Sounds like a jig/rig/trick any experienced cabinet maker/installer
uses. Unless I don't follow the description, there's nothing more to it
than that and I would presume it was "holmesbuilt" :) in all likelihood...
Kids and earthquakes? Yeah, hanging on cleats is a quite viable method, but
you do still need some sort of CYA fastener so they don't fall on
kids/drunks/stupid people, IMHO. A screw through the bottom rail of each
cabinet into a stud would probably do it, if the cleat is catching all the
weight. Home-made 'french cleats' are in most of the DIY books- just rip
some <hardwood> 1x6 down the middle at 45 degrees, screw one side to wall,
and cut up the other side and screw the back of each cabinet. Unless cabinet
has an inset back, you need to trim out the ends, and provide a standoff on
the bottom edge so cabinets hang vertically. You also have to make the
judgement call about how level to make the wall cleat, to hide how out of
square the room, ceiling walls, and corners are. If there is a bulkhead, you
also have to trim the top of the front face to hide the gap created when
cabinet drops down into slot on wall cleat. A lot of fussy cutting and
measuring to get it to look right. If you have some strong back assistants,
easier to just get them to brute-force it into postion while you steer and
spot the first couple of screws in each box.
BTDT, on about 40 kitchens in the first apartments I worked on. BTW, when
framing a kitchen, be kind- put blocking at the top and bottom rail levels
where the uppers go, and at the back rail level for the base cabinets. Your
installer will thank you. If they know the blocking is always gonna be
there, it eliminates the need to hunt for studs.
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Ok, I thought I would try and sketch out this tool. Since the 'lifts'
are several hundred dollars, this looked cool, and cheap. The
'trangle' fits against the wall, and creates a flat surface for
sitting the cabinet on. The leg (2x4?) moves so you can adjust angle
and height. It was made of wood. This ring a bell with anyone?
Another suggestion. Will the area under the cabinets be covered? When I
hunk my laundry room cabinets, I put a 1 x 3 right on the wall at the bottom
line. It was enough to take the weight while the cabinet was held in place
by my wife while I put the first screw in. Then I took it down, filled the
holes, painted, and you never see it.
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