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    installing kitchen cabinets

    Thanks to many of you for your advise and comments, I finally found and bought the kitchen cabinets I wanted. Now, the next delima, judging by the rest of the walls in my house, could someone tell me how to hang cabinets on uneven walls? I'm concerned that the kitchen walls might have slightly high and low spots and the cabinets won't attach flat to the wall. You're advise and comments have been spot on in the past, so please give me your advise and comments again. Thanks.

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    if your walls are really not flat, all you can do is hang the cabinets and use spacers behind to make the cabinets vertical

    you will then get a gap where gekkos can live

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    Look at the back of the cabinets..expect that the backs are slotted in and there is a few mil hollow behind which accommodates mounting hardware plates' thickness.
    ..so you should only need to worry about the rear edges of the cabinets. If the gap is appreciably obvious in spots you could always calk the gaps with gap filler and paint as per wall. Most silicone fillers are not paintable so best to use latex.
    If you are installing back splash tiles up to the cabinets the underside gaps will disappear so you just have the exposed ends to worry about
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    Buy a level, at least a meter or more in length and verify where your walls are not level or uneven.

    Mark these spots

    Once you know the extent of the uneveness, you should know what to do whether to add shims or possibly if a cabinet subframe needs to be installed

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    If you/partner own your home there are other options Level the walls by a layer of plaster if brick If wooden wall use extra wood to even out the fixings or if have good wood skills make bevelled supports shaved with planes /spokeshaves etc to even out minor curvature For serious lumps you may wish to hammer off or more serious structural work . A picture would help. Good luck
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    Get the bastards back and put it straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Get the bastards back and put it straight
    Good advise, but after I told them to gather their tools and never come back, I filed suit against him and won a year later. But, as we say in America, "you can't get blood out of a Turnip." The bas$$rds don't have anything of value. Besides that, my lawyer told me, just forget it. It's not worth the time or trouble."

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    Thank you all for your reliable advise and comments. I truly appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liveinlos View Post
    Buy a level, at least a meter or more in length and verify where your walls are not level or uneven.

    Mark these spots

    Once you know the extent of the uneveness, you should know what to do whether to add shims or possibly if a cabinet subframe needs to be installed
    The sub-frame you speak of, would that be maybe 1 x 2 strips attached to the wall to attach the cabinets to?

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    if the wall is really that bad, get a bloke in to give it a skim

    or tile it

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    Thats ok using 2x1 battens but it will make your cabinet stand off the wall, that dont look good.
    Ok if you can sink them in the wall, there is usually a bit of a lip at the back of the cabinets that you scribe into the wall.

    Other than that mark the wall where you want you cabinets to go then chop the plaster off then once you have your cabinets fixed just fill in around them job done!

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    Fit kitchen cabinets | eHow.com

    There are videos on there that show you how to bodge, erm build mostly anything

    Adjusting the pain in the ass door hinges, will make them look symmetrical

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    Thank you all for your advise and comments. My new builder/handyman will be over shortly, so I'll tell him.

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    Post some pics when the jobs done, will be good to see how it looks when its finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isanmick View Post
    Post some pics when the jobs done, will be good to see how it looks when its finished.
    Okay. Wish me luck. LOL

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    If I was over there mate I'd gladly come and do it for you

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    What I do is always cut myself some wedges from waste wood ,, cut em about 30 degrees , slide em in the backs , screw tight to the wedges , cut off excess with a sharp chisel , then level and square up the next cabinet .

    You wanna take a bit of time mate or it will look a right pigs ear
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    Generally a kitchen will have only one side of a cabinet that is exposed for all to see at most, the rest can't be seen, ie the top, bottom is tiled up to, so only like one side of 60cm's is all that can be seen, the rest are wall to wall etc, why worry about how they will hide 60cm of crap wall, it will take them 10 minutes to hide it.

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    it will look a right pigs ear

    bloody cowboy builders

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    why worry about how they will hide 60cm of crap wall, it will take them 10 minutes to hide it.
    I don't think its about hiding the crap wall mate ,, its more about how the cabinets are gonna look mounted on a crap wall all higgelty pigglety .

    To be honest if the walls were that bad I would batten them and screw some osb board on em to level up , put me cabinets up then tile over the remaining board .

    Ralph ! one most important thing before you begin drilling into those walls get yourself a wire / pipe detector only cost about 500 bht but it could save your life , if you want proof look where the electricians planned to route wires in Dr Andy's new apartments , some running at 45 degrees from the bloody sockets! All electric cables SHOULD run NSEW but you know this is Thailand

    Good luck mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan
    if you want proof look where the electricians planned to route wires in Dr Andy's new apartments , some running at 45 degrees from the bloody sockets!
    true, I hope they do the drilling

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    why worry about how they will hide 60cm of crap wall, it will take them 10 minutes to hide it.
    I don't think its about hiding the crap wall mate ,, its more about how the cabinets are gonna look mounted on a crap wall all higgelty pigglety .

    To be honest if the walls were that bad I would batten them and screw some osb board on em to level up , put me cabinets up then tile over the remaining board .

    Ralph ! one most important thing before you begin drilling into those walls get yourself a wire / pipe detector only cost about 500 bht but it could save your life , if you want proof look where the electricians planned to route wires in Dr Andy's new apartments , some running at 45 degrees from the bloody sockets! All electric cables SHOULD run NSEW but you know this is Thailand

    Good luck mate
    Thank you for the great advise. The electricial, I designed and was there when it was installed, so I don't think there is a problem there. I also had it installed in schedule 40 PVC, so it's pretty tough.
    My fears over the wall not being level aren't as bad as I imagined, but there are some "wavy" areas. My builder/handiman says he can plaster patch the wall to fill in the low spots since there not that bad. Thank you very much for your reliable assistance. I'll post pics when the job is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Thats ok using 2x1 battens but it will make your cabinet stand off the wall, that dont look good.
    Ok if you can sink them in the wall, there is usually a bit of a lip at the back of the cabinets that you scribe into the wall.
    I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser
    I'll post pics when the job is finished.
    Look forward to it Ralph ,, if you have the skills required to fit a kitchen , you should just about be able to post pics on here

    All the best mate will be over in your area in about 6 weeks time and if convenient with you would like to pop and have a look , as I may well pick up some tips for in a couple of years time or so when I might well be doing the same I have fitted a half a dozen UK built kitchens in my time , so a far eastern build version will be a new challenge

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser
    I'll post pics when the job is finished.
    Look forward to it Ralph ,, if you have the skills required to fit a kitchen , you should just about be able to post pics on here

    All the best mate will be over in your area in about 6 weeks time and if convenient with you would like to pop and have a look , as I may well pick up some tips for in a couple of years time or so when I might well be doing the same I have fitted a half a dozen UK built kitchens in my time , so a far eastern build version will be a new challenge
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