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How to Install a Cabinet on a Concrete Block Wall

By Larry Simmons

Installing a cabinet on a concrete block wall can be a difficult process. Locating the proper spaces to drill into the wall as well as securing the cabinet in place can be challenging, and the process of securing the cabinet to the wall itself requires the use of specific tools and fasteners not normally required with cabinet installation. If you use the proper tools and materials, you can make the cabinet installation a trouble-free one, gaining a bit of storage space in the process.

Check for any pipes that may be installed in the concrete wall which can be damaged from the cabinet installation in your chosen location. If none are found, make a line on the wall using chalk to mark the placement of the bottom of the cabinet. Mark it using a carpenter's level.

Drill holes through the rear of the cabinet using a 3/16-inch drill bit.

Place the cabinet against the wall, propping it in place using T-braces placed beneath the cabinet to hold it up at the level of the marked line, one placed at the rear of the cabinet and another at the front. A helper can aid greatly in keeping the cabinet steady.

Drill starter holes into the block wall using a hammer drill through the 3/16-inch holes. Remove the cabinet and complete the holes, drilling through the wall surface into the cavity of the block.

Place the toggle bolts through the cabinet and then place wood shims onto the toggle bolts between the cabinet and the wall in order to level and plumb the cabinets.

Place the cabinet back onto the T-braces and screw the toggle bolts into the drilled holes to hold the cabinet securely. The toggle bolts have an anchor part in the wall that opens to the rear of the block as the screw is tightened, holding the screw in place.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Cabinet
  • Chalk
  • Carpenter's level
  • T-braces
  • Electric drill
  • 3/16-inch masonry drill bit
  • Toggle bolts
  • Wood shims
  • Screwdriver

Tip

  • If a screw begins to slip out, drill another hole and begin again to ensure that all screw placements are secure.

About the Author

 

Larry Simmons is a freelance writer and expert in the fusion of computer technology and business. He has a B.S. in economics, an M.S. in information systems, an M.S. in communications technology, as well as significant work towards an M.B.A. in finance. He's published several hundred articles with Demand Studios.