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Old 12-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Buying used kitchen cabinets, what are some Don'ts?


Found a guy on Craigslist selling some good kitchen base cabinets at a good price. Says they are solid wood, haven't gone to see them yet. What are some typical things I should look for as red flags?
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Some of the solid wood isn't really solid wood but composition wood of some kind, solid wood is not a good idea nor is it cost efficient. Check for water stains and how well the boxes are fastened together. Make use the bottoms aren't particle board or some other board that will fall apart when wet. Check the draw slides to be sure they aren't wore out and the drawers are still intact firmly.
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Make sure there going to fit where you plan on using them, if not make sure there what's called an open stock cabinet so you can just buy more or a differant one to make it work.
It's a royal pain to try and make them work by cutting them to fit.
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Joe- already measured, they should fit, that's the easy part.

Jim - That's what I'm worried about. $500 for almost a full set of base cabinets seems suspect when they are real wood. Also, guy claims they were pulled from a house that was wrecked by hurricane Sandy, and they were NOT affected....

Question is, where are the wall cabinets from that kitchen, and if they were hit by water, is it worth it still? Seems like a good value if the bottoms are holding up, storm was 2 months ago so mold would have grown right?

Lots of **** water was floating around though....kinda got me worried
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If they were in the water I would be more worried about the raw sewage that could have soaked into them. That is a good question, where are the wall cabinets and why aren't they planning to use them again.
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You can buy about 20 sheets of 3/4" plywood which has never been soaked in sewer water for $500 and make yourself plenty of base and upper cabinets.
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Guess you will just have to have a look.....Joe and Jim already touched on the important points....

The face frames might be solid wood....but the bottom shelves will most likely be plywood or partical board.

Look at the slides.....if they were under water, you will see it there (rust) and the bottom shelf might be sligtly swollen....
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Never hurts to look.
I have used cabinets in my house, they are oak and and a few years old, but design is so common ... is easily matched with new store bought if needed.
Since I remodel many kitchens, what we first do, if nobody wants them ... put them on side walk for free. If nobody takes them, we load in trailer and donate to habitat for humanity. Assuming they are worth re using. Sooo, $500 sounds high to me.

Since there are no uppers with them, My first thought is they will re use them, just the lowers were water damaged.
Does not hurt to look, I just would be very sceptical and depending on quality, condition and how many boxes ... $500 seems high to me.
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