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Old 07-02-2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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Remove Medicine cabinets


Have 3 medicine cabinets set flush mounted to wall and apparently glued together and to the wall. They are the kind that when you open the 3 mirrored doors you have a surround view of your head. Have removed mirrored doors and all screws from dry wall. The cabinets will not budge. Have no idea why they are still on the wall. Cannot remove them either individually or all together. Need Help!!!
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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Might need to open up the drywall to remove the screws holding them to the studs.
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Or cut the backing with oscillating saw. Probably they were installed without knowing how to anchor them, so just glue them and screws into the drywall. There is no good way to save the cabinets nor the wall. If the mirrors are in good condition, I'd try to save the cabinet or the frames. Drywall is cheaper.
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Thanks to both of you. I concluded probably needed to destroy/cut away cabinets.

jlhaslip, not sure what you mean 'open up the drywall to remove the screws'. I have already removed visible screws in cabinet backing. Are there others? If so, how would I open up the drywall? Visible screws were in studs.
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SUCCESS! Used a pry bar on one end to loosen. a few minutes later while deciding where to pry next, cabinet set came tumbling down (jumped out of way!). No glue, apparently just 40 years of old paint holding it up. Thought I'd let you know. FYI guess one needs to be prepared for this 3 piece cabinet set to come down when last screw is taken out--50 lbs+ of heavy particle board. Really need two people.
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Glad for your success.

On a reno, I have run into medicine chests that were screwed behind the drywall. Really old reno's.
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Thanks, I was fortunate there were no screws behind the drywall. Actually, to my surprise, I have minimal damage to drywall. Working on removing old vanity, faucets, and top now--ugly plumbing, if original is 30 years old.
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