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    shimming cabinets

    Okay all you builders/handimen/carpenters. Your advise has always been spot on, so I'm trying my luck again. My kitchen cabinets are coming tomorrow and I know I will need shims because of the walls not being flat. But I am puzzeled as to what I can use for shims. I know a piece of plywood is an option, but anything else? For example, what if the gap between the wall and cabinet is smaller than the plywood? Some of the walls are just slightly out of plumb. What can I use? Any advise for a real dumbass? Thanks.

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    I'm a bit bored, edgy with certain circumstances.... so may as well make myself a bit 'useful' here

    Not much.... but may help you a little:

    Excessive Shimming To Keep Wall Cabinets Flush With One Another? - Carpentry - DIY Chatroom - DIY Home Improvement Forum

    Also.... if I can hit that '20' posts mark, I can send out a few valuable private messages here

    All the best

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    The Sweet in their 1970's hit spoke about a "sham-a lam".

    It may be builders slang for what you term a "shim".

    Hope this helps.


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    & lastly, my personal favourite Cathy Shim:


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    I think you have too much time on your hands if the size of bleedin shims is top of your list of considerations

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser
    My kitchen cabinets are coming tomorrow and I know I will need shims because of the walls not being flat. But I am puzzeled as to what I can use for shims.
    Absolutely the great question.
    The shimmy sham question is like a decoy from the main questions.
    What time are the kitchen cupboards coming and what shades are they?

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    Don't use wood or you invite the chance the termites will come chowing down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liveinlos
    Don't use wood or you invite the chance the termites will come chowing down.
    Does that apply if the only triangular shaped wedges lying around happen to be made of wood and the termites live in another country?

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    You can buy a box of plastic shims mate , if you can't get from DIY shop you can from a window merchant .

    If your still having probs ask me I will bring you a bag over in 4 weeks time

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    Quote Originally Posted by playdoh
    I can hit that '20' posts mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    You can buy a box of plastic shims mate , if you can't get from DIY shop you can from a window merchant .

    If your still having probs ask me I will bring you a bag over in 4 weeks time
    When I ask for them at Global House I got the typical deer in the headlights look. Not a clue. I'll check with the guys that installed my windows. Thanks Nigel.

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    ^ No probs Ralph as I say if your still stuck in 4 weeks time I'll bring em mate .

    BTW your up late tonight ? 555 enjoy it mate

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    Have you located all the cables and pipes which have been embedded into the wall.

    Alternative hammers might help. Big ones if you have a large gap, smaller ones if you have just a little tiny gap.

    I believe you can get different lengths of nails for these. Even if you don't get perfectly fixed units they are an awesome piece of hardware.

    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    I already warned him about that prob mate in a previous thread and he was there at the build so its ok.

    Thats a bloody Hilti air nail gun mate , he's putting up kitchen units ,, not signing up to fight the insurgents

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    I already warned him about that prob mate in a previous thread and he was there at the build so its ok.

    Thats a bloody Hilti air nail gun mate , he's putting up kitchen units ,, not signing up to fight the insurgents
    I put it down to Friday afternoon binge drinking, what about you.

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    ^ Dunno mate its about 30 years since I last done it

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    But I am sure Sab Sab could put you right

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    ^ No probs Ralph as I say if your still stuck in 4 weeks time I'll bring em mate .

    BTW your up late tonight ? 555 enjoy it mate
    LOL. No not up late, but up early. Too early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    But I am sure Sab Sab could put you right
    I am now convienced my builder/handiman is either brain dead or simply a Thai. I wanted him to build a gas storage shed outside because I don't want gas inside the house because of safety. Just a simple 60cm x 80cm x 30 shed to store my gas bottle. Well, he built one that would with stand a mag. 10 earthquake. I drew the plan which was a complete waste of time because he never looked at them.
    The footer is 1 ft. deep with 4 pieces of #4 rebar contunious. He used 45 cement blocks when 15 was all that was necessary. He used 2 bags of cement and of course rocks and sand. Poured not 1 but 2 concrete floors in it. He poured one on top of rocks to fill up the space and left 3" for the finish floor. When the sub floor got hard, he poured the 3" finish floor.
    When I went to check on him, I was totally shocked. I raised hell and ask him what would you pour 2 floors? He didn't answer. My wife heard me going balistic and came out and of course he had HIS logical explanition which made no sense at all. All this for a very simple, small, gas storage shed. Oh! and it should have taken him 2 hours. It took him 11/2 days. As long as I've lived here, I will never understand a Thai's thinking. I just had to vent before I explode. I'm going to take a blood pressure pill. My blood pressure is through the roof.

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    I love Ralph's threads, I imagine a kinda American Basil Fawlty.


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    Mate all you need are some masonite strips and a plane.Any old timber place should have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    Mate all you need are some masonite strips and a plane.Any old timber place should have it.
    Thanks. I appreciate it.

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    And, to make my blood boil even worse. He's (builder/handiman) is setting the columns for my security wall. All looked good, until I got my level (he doesn't even own one) and checked them before he poured the concrete. I found 2 needed plumbing. When I check the front corner one, he had filled the 50 x 50 hole up with concrete TO THE TOP OF THE GROUND, put up a small form and set the column in it ON TOP OF THE GROUND. He told my wife he was going to cut the column down after he built the wall. She came in and told me. I went balistic again. In my 40 years of being an Engineer, I've never seen anyone do that. I ask him what in the hell he was doing. He told me his reasoning which made no sense at all. I made him take down his form, dig the concrete out and set the column. Bingo, it was the right height. Later he told my wife he didn't like me checking on him. DUH! I think I need to check more. I told him, as long as this is my house and I pay the bills, I'll do anything I want and if he needs checking on, which he does, I'll do it. If he didn't like working under those conditions, load his tools, tell me what I owe him, and leave. One thing about him, he's got balls. After I told him a few other not nice things I came in and took a nerve and blood pressure pill. Hell, at this rate I'll be adicited to the drugs.

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