Tools Needed for Installing Cabinets

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Installing new cabinets gives a kitchen or bathroom a new look. Many homeowners are daunted by the task, but cabinets require few tools to install and no specialized equipment. You may already own everything you need to install new base cabinets in your home. Some pieces of equipment are optional, but make the installation process easier and more successful.

Power Drill

  • A power drill is the most important piece of equipment used during the installation of cabinets, according to Hometime. The drill is needed for predrilling holes in the cabinets, attaching the support boards to the wall and then mounting the cabinets onto the boards. Many homeowners prefer a cordless drill for easier installation, but a corded drill works just as well. A variety of drill bits will also be needed to handle the different types of screws used in cabinet installation.

Screwdriver

  • A screwdriver isn't mandatory if you have a power drill, but it does make small adjustments to the tightness of the screws easier. It can also fit into spaces where the power drill can't reach. A normal screwdriver will work, but a powered screwdriver may be preferred if you anticipate using it regularly.

Carpenter's Level

  • The doors on crooked or uneven cabinets will hang open or be difficult to close, and items stored in them may slide. A carpenter's level is required to check the levelness of your cabinets, to make sure they're not tilting one way or another. The experts at Bob Vila's website explain that a level is also used to draw the original marks on your home's walls to determine where the cabinets will be hung. A 3-foot-long level will be the most useful size for cabinetry work.

Stud Finder

  • An electronic stud finder locates the studs behind your home's drywall. Studs are the parts of the framing lumber used to hold up a wall, and they provide an anchor for items hung on the wall. Cabinets must be hung on studs or they'll crack the drywall and fall off the wall. Homeowners who lack an electronic stud finder can use a nail and finishing hammer to test out the location of studs, but this will leave plenty of small holes in the drywall.

Clamps

  • Contractors usually connect cabinets, especially the base cabinets that rest most of their weight on the floor, with fasteners before installing them. According to Bob Vila's website, a set of heavy-duty cabinet clamps will hold the individual units together while you use screws or nails to connect them. Cabinets can be installed individually, but attaching them to each other before you start ensures that they'll be perfectly aligned.

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