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Kitchen Cabinets - DIY Home Repair

Wed 21 Feb 2007 - 09:53

Kitchen Cabinets - DIY Home Repair
By Jack B. Blacksmith

Home repair in the kitchen can be cheaper than you think if you install your own kitchen cabinets and furniture. If you possess some home repair skills, you can easily save thousands in costs. Each cabinet comes with a guide to assist you through every step of the job. Just read the guide carefully to have a clear understanding of what is involved.

When you cabinetry finally arrives, check it for any damage. Be sure all the necessary pieces are there and that you have the necessary tools to do the installation, including screws and fasteners. Each one should be suited to your cabinetry, the right size, and the are you will be attaching them to

The tools you need for installation include: carpenter's level and square; tape measure; drill and bits; hammer; chalk line; straight edge; masking tape; power screw driver; jigsaw; utility knife; step ladder; mitre saw; shims; bit sander; circuit tester; and furniture clamps. Also, you must consider safety issues, as cabinetry is heavy and bulky. You will not only need assistance, but also work clothing, solid safety shoes or boots and safety glasses. Keeping your area clutter and debris free is essential to avoid accidents.

Before you begin, turn off all utilities and appliances, including your kitchen's electrical power by checking the circuit tester. Then move and unplug all appliances out of your work area. Don't forget to turn off the oven's separate breaker, too.

Before removing your sink, turn off the water and check this by turning the faucets on and off. Don't forget the water connection for the garbage disposal, if you have one.

Using the same layout will make your job easier. Any changes in the layout will require that you move all the utilities, including water, electric and gas lines. However, this is best handled by a professional, as accidents can be deadly and cost a lot more.

The next step is to remove your current cabinets, but if you want to use your existing flooring, cover that first with thick cardboard which has been taped down. Otherwise, rip up the floor that you don't want before the cabinets.

Don't forget to empty those cabinets before removing them. Start with the top ones and then the bottom ones. Get rid of all moulding. If the flooring is to go, do it now. Once you have done this, fix any damaged walls before doing your new installation.

Finally follow your cabinetry instruction guide carefully a second time to be clear on what you have to do. Address any questions to the manufacturer's customer service before starting.

Jack Blacksmith's informative papers can be encountered on quite some online publications tied to information on furniture. You might discover his publications on kitchen cabinets and furniture at http://www.kitchen-cabinets-tips.com

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