Whether you’re removing kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets or any cabinets for that matter, it can be dangerous if not done properly. Upper cabinets can sometimes be hooked tighter in one huge mess. Without proper planning and safety measures in place, you could possibly damage cabinets, appliances, fixtures-or even worse: hurt yourself or others. Check out these cabinet safety tips before you begin removing any cabinets.
Make a Plan
What I often see when homeowners are removing cabinets themselves is a complete and total destruction. Ripping off doors, punching holes in countertops and general destructive mayhem of all sorts. That’s a waste of energy, time and resources.
Think about this. Those kitchen cabinets were installed in pieces; they can certainly be disassembled in the opposite fashion. So where do you begin? Why from the bottom up!
Removing all of the fixtures, switches and electrical outlets should be first priority. The next step is to remove the countertop. Follow that with the lower cabinets and then the uppers. A good plan ensures that the cabinet remove goes as quickly and safely as possible.
Removing the Lowers
Bottom cabinets can be easily removed, however, they are typically attached to a ledger which secures the countertop and cabinet backs to the wall. Removal of this deadwood board first can help to ensure a safe counter removal.
Once the countertops clamps have been unscrewed, the counter can be removed and the lowers can begin to be disassembled. Begin by removing any partitions or fake cabinet sections first. Unscrew sectioned cabinets. Typically the sink section is one large piece while drawers and single cabinets are single units that can be removed.
Unscrew the lower back and wedge the bottom of the cabinets with a crowbar and tilt outward to remove. Clean the area and get ready to remove the uppers.
Remove the Uppers
Build a t-shaped rack out of 2×4’s. This will support the weight of the upper cabinets, so it must fit snug between the floor and the cabinets. Have a helper hold the 2×4 bracket in place while you unscrew the cabinets sections one at a time. Don’t unscrew the whole bank. One section at a time will prevent any safety problems from occurring during cabinet removal.