Installing cabinets is definitely a DIY project. All you need is a keen eye for accuracy and some hands-on experience working with the basic carpentry tools, well those and the actual tools of course. The tools and materials required for this job are handyman standbys. The first one you’ll need is a stud finder. For easily finding a location of the studs, you’ll be securing your cabinets too.
You’ll also need a tape measure and a level from marking precise guidelines. That level will come in handy again later for making sure each unit you installed is level and plumb. A packet or two of wood shims are also good to have around. These tapered strips of wood will help you align and plumb your cabinets along irregular walls and floors. It's also important to have a few lengths of 1x2 or 1x3 wood to serve as ledger boards. Temporarily screwed into the studs with a power drill, the ledger board acts as a level support replacing the wall cabinets.
As strong and agile as you maybe, hanging the upper cabinet is really a two person job. One to hold the unit in place while the other screws it into the studs. And even with the friend helping you, you should consider renting a cabinet lift. This will free up of your hands and take a load of your back. Another indispensable helper is a pair of adjustable bar clamps or C-clamps. These will keep the cabinets tightly aligned as you screw them together and into the wall. Your cabinet should be attached with wood screws, never nails. The wood screw should be long enough to penetrate the cabinet’s back rail, the drywall and the stud. For ease and precision, you’ll want to pre-drill your holes before securing the cabinets with screws.
So to be sure to have the appropriate size drill bits on hand for pre-drilling the cabinets and attaching the hardware. And make sure to wear safety glasses when drilling, or anytime they’re maybe sawdust. Using the proper tools and materials and following common sense safety precautions will not only reduce headaches and blunders, it will also make your project go a lot smoother and help you achieve the professional look you envisioned.
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