Today I needed to urgently fix a kitchen wall unit that had come
loose. Not being too sure of the state of the wall I thought I would
buy a 1metre length of the rail section to give me the opportunity to
make some new holes. In the big orange shed I was surprised that they
didn't have such a thing. A mature assistant proposed a fix by using
two strips overlapped to give the same effect ~(good idea). However, I
opted for some Fischer expansing bolts and these worked well.
Does such a steel strip exist - as if I was to mount a run of
cupboards I would find it more convenient to use a single mounting
rail than lots of bits.
When mounting wall cupbaord I mount a length of (gets tape measure)
18x40mm timber in a complete length just under the cupboards and
lengths of 18x40mm just under the top of the cupboards. Then, the
bottom of the cupbaords rests on the continuous bottom strip and
the top edge of the cupboards rests on the top strip - noncontininous
to allow for the sides of the units. The cupboards' top fixing screws
then scre directly into the timber battens instead of trying to aim
at wall-fixed wallplugs, and some of the weight is supported by
the bottom rail instead of all of it held by the wall screws.
In one kitchen I used a 18x100mm bottom rail and made it a feature
with cuphangers on it.
That's what I do also, it's very handy having a ready levelled batten
to rest the base of the wall cupboard on it before top fixing into the
wall, I also use the same technique with large wall mirrors for making a
small bathroom look bigger.
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember "newshound"
Simplest method I've seen is to rip a 45deg cut along the length of a
piece of 19mm ply or plank, then fasten one piece to the wall, one piece
to the back top of the cupboard, then hook the cupboard onto the wall.
Dead simple, quite secure and it's easy to put a few fasteners in
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