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Old 09-15-2018, 09:14 PM   #1
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Removing floor to ceiling pantry cabinet


I am planing the removal of our kitchen cabinets and have a problem figuring out how to deal with two 36" wide cabinets. Assuming I remove back and side screws, I see no way to tilt the units forward to take them out. I wonder how were they installed. Is there a trick or do I have to resort to cut them into pieces to get them out ?
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Pictures, can we get pictures?

No way to advise without more data.


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If you can't just slide them out, more than likely at some point new flooring was added on top of the existing floor or subfloor, thus blocking the front of the cabinets.

Yes, you'll have to carefully cut it into pieces and remove it piece by piece.
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If you can't just slide them out, it would appear that at some point new flooring was added on top of the existing floor or subfloor, thus blocking the front of the cabinets.

Yes, you'll have to carefully cut it into pieces and remove it piece by piece.
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Lets assume I could slide them out. They will still be bracketed tight between floor and ceiling, so I would still be unable to tilt forward to take them out horizontally. Do I make sense? Am I missing something.
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Lets assume I could slide them out. They will still be bracketed tight between floor and ceiling, so I would still be unable to tilt forward to take them out horizontally. Do I make sense? Am I missing something.
I see what you are saying.

It might depend on how the cabinets are installed.

Do they go exactly tight to the ceiling? Is there crown molding or whatever at the top covering a gap?

Is there drywall on the ceiling above the cabinet?

Were the cabinets custom built in place on the job site?

Photos would help.
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I see what you are saying.

It might depend on how the cabinets are installed.

Do they go exactly tight to the ceiling? Is there crown molding or whatever at the top covering a gap?

Is there drywall on the ceiling above the cabinet?

Were the cabinets custom built in place on the job site?

Photos would help.
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No crown molding. At most there might be a veneer like strip glued to the top cross member to compensate for ceiling irregularities. The top edge of the higher doors is very close to the ceiling. May be 3/4" to 1".


The cabinets are the original in the house, circa 1992. Could the two large units have been assembled/glued in place? Is that something cabinet makers would do?


The cabinets have no face frame.


I will take some pictures tomorrow.
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At the end of this, they show how to install and that might give you some ideas.
Remove the full height side and the toe kick.
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From the video I see that they probably installed the floor frame and lift/slide the cabinet over.


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From the video I see that they probably installed the floor frame and lift/slide the cabinet over.


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So what is the plan, remove and re install or selvage or???
I would attack the kick no mater how it was built so it could be cleaned up and installed with a new kick.
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The plan is to send as much as we can to the habitat restore.



One idea was to temporarily move the pantry unit to the basement to give us some service while the remodeling goes on. Then to the restore. But at this point I am not sure they are going to come out in one piece.
We may move to basement another smaller unit.
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I think you pull the one above the fridge, move the fridge and remove the panel and then you will see better what will come out, Just leave it screwed to the wall till you have cleared below.
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I agree with the kick being installed post construction of the cabinet. It may be that the kick base can be either slid out or destroyed in place (collapsed) so the cabinet can be removed intact. New kick can be built.
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The visible kick is part flat board, part baseboard. I wonder if there is something like a 2x4 box behind it. The refrigerator will be moved early tomorrow. Then I will tear down the drywall on the right of the cabinet and then see about removing the unit above the fridge.



I have another issue I need to solve, which is cutting the corian countertop in manageable pieces. Most of it is in a long peninsula, 30" deep, with access from two sides. I will reinstall some of it in the garage bench for plant potting and such.


I wonder what would be better, routing or sawing. I will try to clamp a guide and make multiple sawing passes.
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Today, I had a guy interested in getting the tall cabinets, give me a hand to get out the tall cabinets. I had made the prep work removing the dryewall wrapping and the couple of 2x4 supporting the drywall. The cabinets came out very easy, shifting out and then down off the base. We tilted the cabinets forward, barely missing the ceiling. Those things where heavy!



So they are out and gone.



Thank you guys for the tips.
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