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Old 04-18-2013, 06:43 AM   #1
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How would I go about planing a 2x4 wall down, maybe down too 2x3. This is an old rental house that has had 20 different people working on things for the last 80 years. I want to put new cabinets and laminate counter top. The door pinches the corner edge of the top when opened. I was thinking I could just recess the counter top back splash maybe a 1/2 " into the wall. I will not know what I am getting into until I tear things apart

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I'm not seeing that happen.
What would you do with the top and bottom plates?
How would you get a planner close to the top and bottom of the wall.

Post a picture someone may come up with a better idea.

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Its hard to tell what is actually going on from your description. Can you show us a couple of pictures, with a better description?
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Cutting the back splash down is really your only option. Planing down a hole wall wont happen. You will need to watch the overhang of your counter top on the front of the cabinets to make sure there still is enough. By far the best solution would be to have a custom cabinet shop build you shallower cabinets and countertop.
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A picture in this case would not help. I wanted to make sure I was thinking correctly. I will post a picture after I tear out the cabinets, wall and floor and all the plumbing
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How would you get a planner close to the top and bottom of the wall.
You wouldn't. But they make these nifty tools now days: http://www.lowes.com/pd_117409-355-1...isel&facetInfo=
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"The door pinches the corner edge of the top when opened"Can you explain what door pinches the corner edge of what top when it is opened? It sounds like you are doing something really drastic that may have an alternate approach.
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I'm not seeing that happen.
What would you do with the top and bottom plates?
How would you get a planner close to the top and bottom of the wall.

Post a picture someone may come up with a better idea.
Hi Joe, How do you know what is going on here from his description? Thanks.
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Sounds like an exterior door hits the edge of a kitchen wall cabinet when it is opened.

Right?

Wait. Maybe the door hits the counter top. That makes more sense.

Radius the corner. Done. Or chamfer it (might look better with rectangular boxes).
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Keep in mind that lessening the depth of the cabinets may complicate the installation of appliances such as a dish washer. You don't want to wind up with a dishwasher sticking out into the kitchen.
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Keep in mind that lessening the depth of the cabinets may complicate the installation of appliances such as a dish washer. You don't want to wind up with a dishwasher sticking out into the kitchen.

Good point, it would have to be on a wall that has no stove or DW.
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I would be more concerned with a couple other issues:

1. Is this a load bearing wall?

2. Is this an exterior wall?

3. Is there plumbing, or electrical, in the wall?



If none of those things are in the mix, then you can most likely do exactly what you're wanting to do.


I had to fix a wall that was "nudged" by a car in that exact same manner. I used a power plane to shave the studs, top and bottom plates. But, in my case, the wall was built with 2x6's, was not load bearing, and I only needed to remove something like 1" in the worst area.



Never say never....


You could also use 1/4" drywall, or 1/8" paneling, to gain some addition room if needed.

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What about cutting down the door and moving the jamb. Or replacing the door with a slightly smaller one?
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Keep in mind that lessening the depth of the cabinets may complicate the installation of appliances such as a dish washer. You don't want to wind up with a dishwasher sticking out into the kitchen.
Many times (yes, but not all) you may be able to recess the dishwasher, stove, and fridge into the wall, can gain up to 4" (2x4 wall) or 6" (2x6 wall) with doing this.
Has come in handy a few times.
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May also be able to install 2x3 studs and rip out the old ones. Then just plates to deal with.

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