Help Attaching Kitchen Cabinets

Answered by Brendan ~ May 21, 2010 ~ No Comments

I'm going to admit my mistake. I put in replacement kitchen cabinets myself but I didn't get all of them into studs. The entire wall over the sink and stove has cabinets, and now some of them just don't look plumb. Please don't say I'm back to square one!

Loren P. ~ Oakland, California

Brendan Fowler

You are not back to square one but you need to get some screws into studs immediately. I have seen cabinet's fall of walls due to improper installation. This generally happens some time after installation when they get filled up with a whole bunch of heavy stuff. First, you need to check that you have fastened the cabinets to the wall through the cleats in the back of the cabinets. Some cabinets have cardboard backs that may seem strong because they look like wood, but they are not intended to hold the cabinets to the wall. If you have fastened the cabinets through the cleats and they are still pulling off the wall, then you need to make sure that you have screwed into studs and that you have used a screw long enough to reach the studs. If you still have doubts that your cabinets are attached to the wall securely, call a local contractor to assess the situation. You may want to unload those cabinets until you have them properly fastened so that you can avoid a potentially dangerous and costly accident.

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