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Old 07-22-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Hi ,

I have a new house with a problem with the kitchen cabinets. Please see the attached picture. The contractor says that nothing can be done but I was hoping to get some ideas here. The only thing I can think of is to try to make it a little bit smother with some joint compound. I am guessing that it will never look right but it would be nice if it looked better.

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Hi ,

I have a new house with a problem with the kitchen cabinets. Please see the attached picture. The contractor says that nothing can be done but I was hoping to get some ideas here. The only thing I can think of is to try to make it a little bit smother with some joint compound. I am guessing that it will never look right but it would be nice if it looked better.

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When you say contractor,do you mean the home builder??.

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Yes, it is the home builder. The builder sent out the person who installed the cabinets but the cabinet installer said that it was a problem with the wall not being square and he could not do anything.
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Yes, it is the home builder. The builder sent out the person who installed the cabinets but the cabinet installer said that it was a problem with the wall not being square and he could not do anything.
You have a years warranty on your home,call the builder and tell him to fix it,it's his problem not your's,and don't let him tell you any different.
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Post a picture from further back,please.
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Here is the picture you ask for.
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If he had installed a small bull nose that extended a little out past the edge of the furrdown it would have hidden all the imperfections.
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yuck! the cabinet guy should add a tapered shim behind the trim that allows the trim to extend out flush to the corner of the drywall. I'm sure he has some of the wood stock from the cabinets to do so. The only time you would see the tapered piece is when the cabinet door is open and you probably will not even notice it if done correctly. tell him to pull the cove and add a shim!
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It's not your problem. That soffet should be at least 13" deep.
The cabinet installer is not to blame.
If the GC refuses to fix it. Send him a certified letter quoting as much of your agreement as possible. Give him 30 days to rectify it or you will get it done by the most "expensive licensed contractor" you can find and send him the bill.
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Looking at that a little closer I see there is a corner bead there to the right of that cabinet, my guess is that the extra thickness is sheet rock mud floated out to the corner bead. I do agree that the furrdown should have been out 13 inches.
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Thanks for all your advice so far.

By the way, I think that jiju1943 is right that the joint compound was just floated out to make the wall even. Then later the joint compound cracked and crumbled due to house movement finally resulting in the defect above the cabinet.

If I can't get the contractor to do something ( I am going to try again), could I just rebuild the edge above the cabinet by using a little joint tape for reinforcement and then covering it with joint compound? I am no pro but I have taped joints before so I have a little experience.

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