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Old 12-01-2019, 03:10 PM   #1
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How to remove a TALL Kitchen Pantry Cabinet


I'm attempting to remove a 7ft tall one piece kitchen pantry cabinet. I have removed the screws from the back of the cabinet which is holding it securely to the wall studs. I have also removed all the screws I can find from the right side of the cabinet which has secured it to the cabinets and countertop in the kitchen. The left side of the tall cabinet is the finished side as there are no more cabinets on the left side.

I removed all the floor moldings around the bottom of the tall pantry cabinet and the baseboard immediately to the left of the cabinet I wish to remove. In addition to removing all the screws I've found and the additional trim work; I have cut along the outside countertop and the backsplash with a razor knife to loosen the presence of any glue, caulking and/or grout. We get absolutely NO wiggle room on this cabinet, let alone getting it to move forward or to the side.

Are there other areas that people normally secure a tall cabinet that I have missed? Where else might I look for screws holding this cabinet into place? Is it possible they have glued this to the back wall? Any ideas on why I cannot get this cabinet to move would be greatly appreciated.

If at all possible I'd prefer to salvage this cabinet as I wanted to simply swap places with the refrigerator and this cabinet. Worse case I will not be able to salvage this cabinet but simply remove it in pieces.

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Have you looked behind the hinges for screws from one cupboard to the other.
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Might check the bottom, we screwed ours into our home-made toe-kick, which is then screwed into the walls and floor.
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Might check the bottom, we screwed ours into our home-made toe-kick, which is then screwed into the walls and floor.
My old cabinets were secured like that, but there was a lot of wiggle room at the top.

To me,.no wiggle room at all implies the back of the cabinet is glued to the back wall.
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:31 PM   #6
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It'd be icky if it was glued >.<
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Never seen any cabinet glued to another either. Second the idea of checking behind the hinges for screwing from one cabinet to the other. Also, second @Mystriss es thoughts on screwing from the bottom of the cabinet into the floor or into site made kick base support.

Another thought I had was was to check in the back corner of the cabinets to see if there may be an angled screw starting from the pantry or from the upper cabinet, or lower cabinet, that would grab and hold the cabinet.

Did you check along the top of the cabinet? Along the side and the back?

Those contractors are sneaky and will hide screws where you never thought possible.

Make sure you run a blade along ALL edges of the cabinet. Back, sides, top, bottom. Even if it doesn't look like there may be something. Also, take a wide, thin blade, like you would use for spackle, and make sure that you can slide it between the pantry cabinet and the sides. Use a soft blow hammer to force it between the cabinet and whatever it is next to.

If it still not moveable after all this effort, then you have one last choice and that is whack the heck out of it and plan on getting a new one.
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Always like people who ask questions and never come back for the answers.
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Might be some L brackets or board at the top securing it to the wall.
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Are there rails on the back of the cabinet or tracks for mounting to the wall? Many of the cabinets that I install these days use a rail system. Never heard of using glue as a good means of securing cabinets to the wall.
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Gosh darn it, I also hate it when it's a single poster. I tend to take a bit more time in posting my replies due to my mansplaining tendencies. (NO! @Mystriss , I am NOT OCD, same goes for you to @Nik333 )

Oh, wait, my apologies for jumping the gun, I did not mean to impugn your reputation on an unwarranted assumption. (See Santa, I am TRYING to be less naughty and more nice!!)
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@ktownskier Hey! I'm mildly OCD. ~outrage~ LOL
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