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Removing old metal kitchen cabinets

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Old 05-16-2007, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone ever had to do this? I know how to get the top ones off but the base cabinets are a dilema. The uppers are under a soffit so lifting them out wouldn't do. They are hung on metal hangers and after all the screws are out the are slid out along the wall. I can't find where the bottoms are attached.

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Gary

This is a LONG shot, some of the metal ones had a metal spring clip that held them in place,,, take a flash light and look at the base for the clips, then when you find them take a screw driver and find the hole right next to the clips ,tap the screw driver in the hole or pry on them, it should free it.

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Here's another long shot. Some of the old metal base cabinets had a french cleat mounting system that incorporated an upside down "J" on the back of the cabinet and a corresponding right side up "J" mounted to the wall. They were designed to keep the cabinet to the wall and liftable to get out.

Once you get the countertop off, look down the back of the cabinet against the wall to see if that's what's there. Unscrew/unbolt each cabinet from each other, and try lifting straight up to remove. If not, move to plan "B".

PLAN "B": Get the countertop off and really check all around the back edge to see if there are any screws. There maybe one or two you can't find easily. If this doesn't work, move to Plan "C".

PLAN "C": Grab a 10lb sledge hammer and knock the heck out of it into smithereens.
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I like plan " C " the best , the old ones can be nasty to get out without putting a chain on them and hooking to the truck and just drive off and go to lunch.

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Hi: Some of the metal cabinets used a french cleat, they are metal channels that interlock. The cabinets were made to be lifted off the cleat. However, if they installed a soffit above the upper cabinets it will not let you pick the cabinets up high enough to take off. The soffit may have to be removed. Good luck.. Woodnut65
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Thanks for the tip! i will try that after dinner, got a new refrigerator and it is to tall to fit under the small cabinet above. Didn't want to just yank it off with out knowing anything about them.
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Thanks for the tip! i will try that after dinner, got a new refrigerator and it is to tall to fit under the small cabinet above. Didn't want to just yank it off with out knowing anything about them.

Wow this one goes back 5 years. I started on the last cabinet and worked back from there. L shaped kitchen. I pried them apart with a prybar, took the screws out and had to use a small sledge hammer to slide them off the metal brackets. I had the whole kitchen done. New drop ceiling, cabinets and countertop, new flooring, all for $8000 thanks to Home Depot.

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