|Kitchen Cabinets Braced! |
SWMBO did not want to keep the cabinets in the jury rigged condition so we, that is I, had to find a solution. Of course, SWMBO asked me why the cabinets were sagging and of course, I had no idea.
I solicited advice from friends who were more adept at home repairs than me, which means pretty much anyone else I know. The consensus of opinion was that the cabinets had to come down before a definitive diagnosis could be made.
I had a carpenter come by and give me an estimate. He said it would cost at least $700/day plus the cost of materials. I had an appointment with another carpenter who failed to show up as scheduled. Not having $700 dollars plus lying around I decided to tackle the job myself. After all, I'm pretty good at breaking things. It's the putting them back together where the problems usually arise.
Day one of the destruction...I mean the demolition, went fairly well. I did not shed any blood and neither the ceiling nor the roof came crashing down.
|Demolition Day One!|
Demolition day two went equally as well. The most difficult problem I ran into was almost completely stripping the screw heads holding the cabinets to the ceiling . Another problem I ran into was plugging a 12 volt DC charger in to a 5 volt electric drill, cooking the drill.
|Demolition Day Two|
SWMBO and I decided to replace the cabinets with two wall cabinet units each with an appliance garage underneath. We went to Lowe's Hardware Store and Home Depot and found a couple of brochures with cabinets we liked. We hope to enclose the soffit over the peninsula counter with sheetrock, spackle and paint.
Stay tuned for further developments. Enjoy your day!