kitchen cabinets #4: Demo Day

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Blog entry by MC posted 02-28-2017 01:24 AM 1558 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did not spend anytime in the shop this weekend but instead spent the weekend tearing out our old kitchen, there is no going back now.

We have taken everything down to the studs so that we can move electrical, plumbing, gas, and HVAC lines. The floor will come out next.

When planning our kitchen I transferred measurements from my sketches to story sticks. This helped me find a couple of design errors before completing my final drawings. Story sticks were then updated with the final dimensions.

I have tacked the story sticks to the walls. They are now being used to identify the new utility locations and any areas I need to add nailers to support the upper cabinets. I have also taken the time to mark the stud locations on the sticks, this will be good information in the future.

Next week I have a little more prep work but should be back in the shop again.

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#1 posted 02-28-2017 02:20 AM

Personally I think you’re doing it right instead of chopping up drywall to retrofit utilities. Your final finish on the walls will be nice and consistent.

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#2 posted 02-28-2017 03:31 AM

Another tip for marking and saving the stud layout. A client I was working with used a paper roll from an adding machine and layed out all the studs for each wall and labeled each of the rolls then kept them in a file. I’ve never done it but thought it was a good idea. Easy to save.

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#3 posted 02-28-2017 03:50 AM

Wow, I like the way you Demo.

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#4 posted 02-28-2017 04:07 AM

Tip: the flaps in the sides of the insulation go on top of the studs, not the sides. This way the covering sheet rock will seal the flaps on the top of the stud . . .


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 06:54 AM

I wish I had read yours and JBay’s tips on stud measurements before we remodeled our kitchen. I measured and documented all the studs. While it worked, both of your ideas are so much simpler and less likely to have inaccuracies.

Did you arrange for cooking elsewhere? We managed to set up a temporary kitchen in a portion of our great room by using some of the old kitchen cabinets. We even had “plumbing”: a hose from the utility sink and a 5-gallon pail under the drain! I’m certainly glad those days are long since gone!

You’re making good progress.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 02-28-2017 05:47 PM

I’m curious why you are demoing the kitchen so soon in the process. Do you have cabinets ready to go? Are you building the cabinets and installing them?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 02-28-2017 05:58 PM

Stud measurements? We always just put a small pencil mark on the ceiling to mark the centers . . .


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#8 posted 02-28-2017 11:23 PM

Story sticks are a great idea. Preparation and planning always saves time and money. Looks like a bonus may be that you lose weight during the process now that your kitchen is gone. Keep up the great work!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 03-01-2017 02:40 AM

To answer some of the questions above:

We have set up a make shift kithchen in another room. Not great but beats pizza every night.

I am building and installing my own cabinets..they are not even close to being done. So why demo so early, probably not a smart move. We put our deposit down on our new appliances in January and must take delivery by the end of March. We decided that better to put the new appliances in a completed shell instead of storage. We also realized that we had limited space to store cabinets. Problem solved, install as each section it is completed

Thanks for all the comments.

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#10 posted 03-01-2017 03:34 AM

Just a thought…

When we remodeled our kitchen, we had an electrician install a new 20a circuit and a couple of outlets. For many years, we would have trouble during the holidays when my wife was cooking with the breaker tripping. Not any more – slow cookers, rice cookers, toaster oven, you name it. She is very happy and that makes me very happy.

Looks like you are at that point in your remodel to add a circuit if you need to.
Good luck. You job is coming along nicely.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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