Proper cabinet hanging technique

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Forum topic by BobD posted 07-01-2013 03:57 PM 1029 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2013 03:57 PM

Good Morning,
Can you please clarify the proper cabinet hanging technique for me? I am making x40” tall x30” wide by 18” deep cabinets out of MDF without an attached back. These cabinets are going into a garage that has been recently paneled with 1/2” plywood paneling. The cabinets have a 2×4 30” nailer attached to the top of he cabinet and another one to the bottom of the cabinet. The nailers are screwed through the sides and along the top and bottom with 2 1/2” drywall screws. I will attach the cabinets to the wall with screws through the 2×4 nailer and directly into wall studs. Is this an acceptable way to hang cabinets? Your help is greatly appreciated.

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-- Bob, San Diego

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 04:28 PM

Yeah, that’s fine.

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 04:36 PM

Sounds fine for a garage cabinet. Should be plenty strong.
I like to use Spax screws for heavy loads. Never had a problem with them.
Depending on how soft your “nailer” is, a washer with a wide spread, like a fender washer, is good to spread the load and prevent “pull through”.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 07:09 PM

That’s how I hung mine.
I used 3” #10 panhead screws from mcfeely’s. They’re super strong and have a washer right on the screwhead.

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 08:31 PM

That cabinet plus whatever you are going to put in it may weigh quite a bit. Based on your construction, I would go with 1/4” x 3-1/2” lag bolts and a flat washer in each stud. You want the screw to be very snug so the cabinet is held tightly against the wall. Fasteners that are not snug, are subject to shear loads.

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 08:36 PM

sounds good, but as mentioned, I would use something other than drywall screws, as those are rated for fairly low sheer force compared to wood screws, or lag bolts.

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 08:41 PM

That’ll be sturdy enough to house a family of “undocumented aliens.”

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 08:43 PM

Sounds like a good plan. Don’t forget to plumb and level your cabs as well

and you’ll be good to go. Post pics if and when you can.

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