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Old 11-06-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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i am installing my base cabinets. i got to thinking if i am doing it right.

i level and square the box with shims in the front = where the sides of the box come to the floor. and a shim, if needed at the top back, if needed. then i am using cabinet screws into studs, through the shims.

what i am wondering : is this enough support ? we are getting granite. and that stuff is heavy.

am i doing enough ? can i do more ? if nothing but to make me feel better .

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Shim the bottoms at the front and back---then screw the boxes to the studs----at the top--clamp and screw the face frames together.

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When you've found the high spot in the room, you use a level to draw a line 34.5" from that high spot, and that's the level from side to side. There's still front and back level as well. Make sure you are using plastic shims, not wood ones. Wood compresses and will give you issues down the road. When you've established how many shims will give you that, and you screw them to the wall, then you insert as many more as you can to give support. Be sure you are shimming correctly, using 2 shims, so one side of the cabinet isn't lesser supported. They should go in from either side like this >< to achieve the correct height.
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Shim the bottoms at the front and back
how do you shim the backs, when there is no reasonable access ?
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They should go in from either side like this >< to achieve the correct height.
how can i put shims in from the side, when that side is up against another cabinet ?

plastic shims, i will look for them.

the way i have the shims now, i could stand on the cabinets and they are solid.
but all the weight, at the front of the cabinets, is sitting on a pretty small contact area.
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