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You did build your cabinet, destined for wall use, with built-in screw
strips, didn't you?
I build both wall and base units, which must be attached to a wall, with at
least an upper and lower 3/4" thick screw strip that sits flush between the
back panel and back edge of the cabinet sides.
TIP: If you bevel the bottom part of the TOP screw strip, it will also do
double duty it as the top half of a "French cleat'.
Here in the US, where most construction is wooden frame, I use deck or
drywall screws for the LOWER screw strips of my cabinets, screwed into studs
BUT, I _always_
screw at least two 3 1/2" lag bolts, using the TOP screw
strip of the cabinet, the number depending upon the width of the cabinet,
into at least two studs, or the blocking between the studs.
On a 48" wide cabinet, I would use 3 lag bolts on the TOP screw strip, one
in the middle and the other two evenly spaced toward the sides.
Fastened thusly at the TOP screw strip, you can use just about any type of
screw, drywall or otherwise in the lower screw strips and the cabinet will
handle all the weight for which it was designed.
I recently started using "French cleats", but I still like the lag bolts in
the top screw strip for peace of mind, particularly when I do work for
someone besides myself ... not to mention possible liability issues.
Last update: 9/21/03
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