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DIY Kitchens - Wall Units

The least disruptive method of kitchen fitting is to start with your wall cabinets.

Tools required:

Tape Measure
Power Drill
Masonry Bits - 10 or 12 Gauge
5mm High speed twist bit
Hand Screwdrivers
Cordless Screwdrivers
Spirit Levels - medium and long
Screws of various sizes
Extension Lead
Safety Equipment, e.g. Goggles, Dust Mask, Ear Defenders

Stage 1: Mark out your preferred wall unit height

Itís best to start with the highest part of your kitchen when it comes to fitting and you can mark out a line with pencil to work out where the units will be placed. This will also ensure the cupboards are level.

Of course, the height the units are fitted will depend entirely on the size. However, as a general rule of thumb try to aim for a gap of 500mm between your work surface and cupboards.

Stage 2: Mark out the wall unitís bracket positions

After drawing in the line where your units will be fitted, itís time to look at the brackets. You could need two people for this task as the wall cabinet will have to be held in place and a bracket positioned under the cabinet hanger.

Measure from the top of the cabinet to the centre of the fixing holes in the wall bracket. The next job is to transfer this measurement to the wall, measuring down from the pencil line already drawn out.

Using a spirit level you can plot each cabinetís position with a series of vertical lines. For each unit, measure 22mm in and place the wall bracket so that the fixing holes are central over the horizontal line.

Stage 3: Drilling the walls

With the bracket markings in place youíre now in a position to begin drilling. When doing this, think about drilling downwards into the wall to provide greater strength once the cabinets have been fitted. It is recommended to use at least 2 Ĺ" x 10 Gauge screws.

Stage 4: Hanging the cabinets

With everything completed, youíre now at the stage where you can fit the kitchen cabinets to the wall.

Begin with the corner unit, raising the cabinet above the fixed bracket and lowering it into place. With a long hand screwdriver you can tighten the cabinet to the wall, ensuring it remains level with your pencilled lines.

Itís crucial to have the doors correctly adjusted as this will make it easier for door adjustments when theyíre fitted. Carry out the same process with all your other units to ensure a great installation.

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