• strict warning: Non-static method Pagination::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/buildingsurplus/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 307.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/buildingsurplus/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 307.
  • strict warning: Non-static method Pagination::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/buildingsurplus/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 410.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/buildingsurplus/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 410.
  • strict warning: Non-static method Pagination::getInstance() should not be called statically in /home/buildingsurplus/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 344.
  • strict warning: Only variables should be assigned by reference in /home/buildingsurplus/public_html/sites/all/modules/pagination/pagination.module on line 344.

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Before Installing Kitchen Cabinets 2010/01/08

Now that the basic safety issues are covered, we go into the more specific areas. For installing kitchen cabinets, there are a few things you’ll want to do. First of all, shut off all power to the kitchen. This means you’ll have to flip the breaker switch for the kitchen. Many times the oven is on its own breaker – be sure to check all of the breakers for anything else that may be in the kitchen. Unplug all the appliances and, to prevent accidents, move them to a safe part of the house. Turn off the water supply to the sink as well, and be sure to turn the faucets on and drain all the water out before you begin.

When removing the old cabinets, you should be very careful and (if possible) have a helping hand as they tend to be quite heavy. This is why I recommended you move your appliances to a safe area – a cabinet falling on your coffee maker would likely obliterate it! If you want to preserve your countertops and floor, you may wish to tape heavy cardboard/hard foam to it in case of accidents. If you’re going to be replacing them anyways, or if they’re made of heavier material (for example, you probably wouldn’t need to worry too much if you had granite countertops), this isn’t necessary. Once the old cabinets are gone, you’ll need to repair any damage to the wall before you put up the new ones.

If you follow the instructions that come with your new cabinets, you shouldn’t have much trouble. If you want to change the layout of your kitchen and move gas/electric/water lines around, you should definitely call a professional or else you could wind up paying far more than you bargained for. If you run into unexpected problems, there should be a customer service number you can call. Once installation is done, flip the breakers back, move the appliances to their proper places and plug them in, then sit back and enjoy your favorite cool beverage – you’ve earned it!

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