My wife and I want to redo our kitchen and are the process of pricing
things out. I went to Lowe's today and looked at their kitchen
cabinet choices. The sales person indicated that I could either
install them myself or have it done for me. As I am very handy and I
am now retired, I wonder how difficult it is to install the cabinets
myself. In the past two years, I have put sheetrock on all of my
ceilings and I have finished my floors with polyurethane. Please give
me an idea if this is a difficult job and what the possible pitfalls
Thanks, Al Kondo
30 years ago when I did my kitchen it was a piece of cake. Today it
would be easy if I could get my son to stop by. It is not hard to do, with
the exception of moving some heavy awkward boxes while you are doing it.
With the right set up I was able to do it by myself. However this old body
is no longer up to that stuff. I would need an assistant.
If you are handy and can figure out how to get round the usual
unexpected little problems it is not difficult. There are plenty of books
that cover the general procedure. I am sure Lowes has one.
The cabinets can make a difference too. There are systems where the
cabinets hang from a top rail (Ikea has them) and this makes installation
of the top cabinets easy. Level and set the rail, assemble the cabinets,
and hang them from the rail. Then level the cabinets and connect them, and
secure them to the rail. There is some forgiveness to the installation,
but walls need to be plumb and square to the ceiling.
Lowe's might sell a similar system.
Locate and mark the studs.
For the upper cabinets, make a crutch to support the cabinet(s) at the correct height. Get the first cabinet up on the crutch, level and plumb. Screw through the nailing strips into stud(s). Move crutch, put up next cabinet, clamp to the first and fasten to stud(s) and to its neighbor. Etc.
You may have difficulty in getting the cabinet sides flush one to another. You can tweak that by tightening/loosening the screws holding them to the studs. Use #8 or #10 screws long enough to give you about 1" - 1 1/4" into the studs. When you are finished, it will seem that there is precious little holding up the cabinets...not to worry, it is plenty.
Base cabinets go the same way except you may (will probably) have to shim to level.
IMO it is easier to install the uppers before the lowers.
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