T Lift for Cabinet Installation


Installing cabinets can be a strenuous task that requires the installer to lift the cabinets onto the wall while simultaneously fastening them. Manually installing cabinets involves raising the cabinets to the exact location and having another person secure them to the wall. T-jacks allow for precision installation of cabinets by implementing a convenient adjusting mechanism on the T-jack stand. Using the T-jack frees your hands to screw the cabinet to the wall and removes prolonged strain on your body by providing a resting place for the elevated cabinet after it has been lifted on the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • 48-inch level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • 5/32-inch drill bit
  • T-jack
  • 2 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • 2 quick clamps
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Determine the height of the bottom of the cabinets according to drawings or instructions.

  • Mark a level line on the wall where the cabinets will be installed. This line represents the bottom of the cabinets.

  • Locate the studs in the wall with the stud finder by sliding the stud finder along the wall horizontally on the level line and mark the outside edges of each stud.

  • Lay out the stud locations on the back of the cabinet and place a mark 2 inches down from the top of the cabinet, and 2 inches up from the bottom of the cabinet on each stud mark. The marks designate the distance for the screw locations from the top and bottom of the cabinet.

  • Drill holes in the cabinet where the stud marks were placed using the 5/32-inch drill bit.

  • Set the T-jack to height by extending the T-jack pole until it is the approximate dimension of the level line and lean it on the wall at the location of the first cabinet.

  • Raise the end cabinet up on the wall and approximately on the level line. Install the cabinet on the left first.

  • Place the top of the T-jack under the cabinet by standing it in a vertical position.

  • Hold the cabinet against the wall and turn the T-jack adjustment-handle until the bottom of the cabinet is on the level line.

  • Install the 2 1/2-inch screws in the pre-drilled holes in the cabinet.

  • Lay out and drill the holes in the second cabinet by using the same process as the first one.

  • Repeat the previous process for the second cabinet.

  • Clamp the quick clamps on the vertical frames where the two cabinets join.

  • Tighten the clamps and drill a hole in the top and bottom of the cabinet side frame. The holes must be drilled though the edge of the frame, where the two cabinet frames join. The cabinet frame is the solid wood front of the cabinet.

  • Install the 2-inch wood screws into the cabinet frames at the top and bottom in the pre-drilled holes.

  • Install the remaining cabinets in the same manner.

Tips & Warnings

  • When installing the screws in the cabinets, put the top screws in first to keep the cabinet from tipping on the T-jack.
  • Wearing safety glasses will reduce the risk of eye injury when using power and hand tools.

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