» Installation Instructions
Cabinet installation does not require previous cabinet installation experience. A basic knowledge of common hand tools is required, but extensive knowledge of carpentry is not required.
- Level (two levels, one long and one short, make installation easier)
- Drill (1/4 inch bit required to finish pre-drilled holes or drill new holes as needed)
- Phillips Head Screwdriver (2)
- Clamps (with rubber pads to prevent scratching the cabinetry)
- Dry erase markers (for marking anything on the material if necessary)
- Saw (either circular saw or table saw – to trim fillers and toe kick pieces)
- Carpenter’s Square
- Tape Measure
Before you begin, familiarize yourself with your cabinet’s layout. It is a good idea to lay out your entire outdoor kitchen before you even begin to level or fasten anything. All of your project’s hardware will be included in a sealed bag. The hardware has been carefully counted for your projects’s layout. Installation will be much easier with two people, although it is quite possible for one person to install the cabinetry alone.
If you have questions, please call us at (813) 241-9701.
Leveling the Cabinets
Leveling the cabinets is the most important part of installation! If you do not level the cabinets properly the doors will not align.
Level the cabinets by beginning at the highest point of the sloping surface. Shorten the legs at the highest point of the slope. Establish a level line at the countertop height. Level the cabinets front-to-back and left-to-right.
Plumb the cabinets vertically using a level. Level the cabinets front-to-back and left-to-right using a level. Check the inside using a carpenter’s square to make sure the cabinet is square. Make adjustments using the leveling legs.
Anchoring to Walls
Once leveled, fasten cabinets to walls using common hardware (not provided). For concrete block or stucco walls, stainless steel Tapcon® fasteners are recommended. Two fasteners per cabinet are recommended for base cabinets, four fasteners are recommended for wall cabinets.
Fasten with 3/16″ x 2 1/2″ Tapcons if the wall is concrete or block. For other walls, use a fastener that is appropriate for your wall.
Fastening to Each Other
All cabinets and fillers have partially pre-drilled “universal fit” holes that are perfectly aligned for a precision fit. Finish drilling the holes of two adjoining cabinets using a ¼” drill bit and then fasten the cabinets together using the provided hardware.
- Use clamps to hold the cabinets in place when drilling and attaching hardware
- If the pre-drilled holes don’t line up, that is a red flag that your cabinets aren’t level
- For some parts, pre-drilled holes do not exist. You will have to drill your own holes
Finish the pre-drilled holes on each cabinet using a 1/4″ drill bit. Tighten both sides of the provided stainless steel bolt using a phillips head screwdriver.
For a do-it-yourself project, a tile countertop is recommended. Professional countertop fabrication is recommended for granite, concrete, quartz (Silestone® or Zodiaq®), or solid-surface acrylic (Corian®) countertops. Cabinets feature special countertop installation aids.
Countertop adhesive will not stick to the spreader, but it will form a cleat inside the recessed glue block.
PVC portions have been added to the backsplash and raised bar section to allow adhesives to help secure the countertop. Corbels are also available for added bar countertop support.
Cutting through Cabinets
Holes can be easily cut in cabinet backs, sides, and bottoms for plumbing, gas lines, or electrical work using ordinary hand tools.
- Cabinet corners and joints should not be cut as that will alter the structural integrity and strength of the cabinet.
- Morse Hole saws are not recommended. The polymer shavings (or saw dust) tend to melt inside these bits. A jig saw or paddle bit is recommended.
If necessary, holes can be cut in the sides, back, and bottom of the cabinetry. Do NOT cut through any of the structural seams of the cabinetry.
Depending on your design, you might have fillers. And depending on your actual situation in the field, the fillers may require trimming.
- Fillers are secured to the neighboring cabinet by attaching the return piece using the supplied stainless steel bolts. Fillers will have the same pre-drilled pattern on the return piece that cabinets have.
- Fillers should be mounted so the face of the filler is flush with the neighboring cabinet’s door face.
- Fillers can be trimmed with a table saw (or circular saw) if necessary. You can cut the filler with an ordinary woodworking saw.
Fasten the return piece of the filler to the neighboring cabinet using the supplied stainless steel bolts. Be sure to mount the filler flush to the cabinet’s door. Trim the filler’s width using a saw if necessary.
Finished Back Panels
Within your supplied hardware bag, look for the hardware labeled “Finished Back Hardware”. The finished back hardware consists of:
- Nylon Pins – The pins go into pre drilled holes at the top of the panels and fit into the cabinet backs. This allows you to “hang” the panel temporarily while you fasten the panel
- Screws – It is very important that you use the supplied screws that are the proper depth for securing the panel.
To install the panel:
- Reference your design to help you find the correct panel location
- Put the pins in the holes at the top of the cabinets/panel and hang the panel temporarily
- Use clamps to hold the panel in place
- Look for the pre-drilled holes on the inside of the cabinet. Use the supplied screws to secure the panel in these holes.
- If you need to add additional screws, be sure to use a drill stop
Toe Kick Panel
Once your cabinets are installed, optional toe kick panels can be added. For easiest cleaning and maintenance, you may consider omitting toe kick panels, allowing complete access underneath your outdoor kitchen for vacuuming or hose-washing. Toe kick panels can always be ordered and installed after the project is completed if you want to decide later if toe kick panels should be used.
Trim the toe kick to height and width with an ordinary woodworking saw. Screw the supplied clip panel to the toe kick panel. Attach the clip to the leg.