Question # 1

Robert,

We are remodeling our kitchen and want to install new cabinets. However, we need to save money where we can by working ourselves. This gives us more options to choose the products we prefer.

I think I can do this myself for cabinet installation, but what are some of the basic “tricks” required to be successful at this? Is there any chance you can share inside information with me?

I’m pretty skilled, just need a few pointers.

Thanks in advance.

– – Josh R.

Answer No. 1

Josh,

If you’re handy in any way then you can certainly save some money by installing the cabinets yourself. Base cabinets are simpler than wall cabinets, but with the help of a friend, you can tackle the wall cabinets too.

You will need a few different sized tiers, washers and ladders, and the necessary screws to secure and secure it.

For the top cabinets, you need to measure from the floor to the bottom of the cabinet and adjust to the standard height. In the process, make sure you have noted your bolt placement so you can hit them without damaging your new cabinets.

Always check for the plum and level and keep doing this along the way as most of the walls are not perfect. You may have to lie down behind the cabinets to do this properly. Don’t skip this step or you will look uneven when you’re done.

If you are installing lighting under the cabinet, you must install electric lighting in front of the cabinets to make your life easier.

Check the lower cabinets to see if they require power outlets and plumbing and cut the required holes in the back of the cabinets to accommodate them. Sockets can lead to space problems between the cabinet and the box in the wall. You can therefore use what is known as an arc protection. This bridges the gap between the two per code. Washer for plums and level and secure cabinets on walls and against each other.

Pre-drilling your cabinets for these holes is a good idea to avoid splitting. This brings you to the point where countertop measurements can be taken and you should be ready to go.

– Robert

Robert Lamoureux has more than 40 years of experience as a general contractor with separate licenses for electrical and plumbing companies. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, not necessarily The Signal’s. The opinions expressed in this column are not intended to replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor after a thorough visual inspection. Email questions to Robert below [email protected].