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Old 02-22-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Well, we have nice new cabinets packed into our dining room waiting to be installed. I will be pulling the old ones out tomorrow night, touching up the walls on Friday and installing on the weekend.

I have never done this before and am scratching my head about a few things...

The old sink base has two 1" holes for the incoming copper. But above that the rest of the copper, water hammer ballast things and the shutoffs are all above that. I would need to cut large holes in the base in order to get it over the top. What do people usually do? Cut the copper and then sweat it back in after the new cabinet is in?

How long of screws do I need? I picked up 2 1/2" cabinet screws, but I dont think they will be long enough for our peninsula area when the cabinets are hanging from the soffit.

Any other tips and tricks out there that might help? I'm sure I'll have some more questions as I go along. Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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This might be a dumb question? How do I tell which side is up? The 18x30 wall cab I pulled out of the box looks pretty much symmetrical. I know which way we need it to open so I can figure it out, but is there a way to tell?

By the way, the cabs came with decent looking 2.5" cabinet screws so that was a nice bonus.

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Roll out trays and drawer base cabinets are the better option for renovating your kitchen.
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Roll out trays and drawer base cabinets are the better option for renovating your kitchen.

We did this on the pantry piece. The old one we're replacing didnt have any roll outs and it had way too much wasted space. I might have to add it to a few of the base cabs.
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Tips and tricks.....

Pilot drill and countersink your face frame screws.

Shim behind cabinets to hold face frames flush.

Rubber padded squeeze clamps help hold faces flush and don't leave marks.

Label your doors and boxes with numbers, letters, etc so it's easier to pit doors back on.

My cabinets had a sticker inside with writing....that's how I figured out "up"!!

Make sure you hit at least one stud per cabinet....preferably two.

If I can come up with anything else I'll try to post back.

I just did an entire kitchen gut to electrical trim last month
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