kitchen cabinet separating from wall

Old 01-06-14, 07:56 AM
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kitchen cabinet separating from wall

I have cheap oak cabinets primarily made of fiberboard and laminate. The top board at the back has gotten wet or something and is now bowed. It has separated from the end of the cabinet. The cabinet droops and the door stays open slightly so I would like to find a way to fix the problem.

I have tried drilling holes and using toggle bolts to draw the board down and bring the cabinet back in place but the board does not straighten and only separates more from the end of the cabinet.

I'm afraid replacing one cabinet results in all new cabinets which I cannot afford at this time.

Any ideas and help would be greatly appreciated. I live in the country so getting professional help is usually not possible or cost prohibitive so I need to find a solution which allows me to do the work.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Old 01-06-14, 10:23 AM
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pics would be helpful -

I assume the cabinet back is still securely screwed to the wall but the cabinet itself is coming apart ??

It shouldn't be too big of a deal to either fasten the cabinet back together or add a little lumber where needed to help you hold it back together.
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Pictures will help a lot.

First is to solve the water problem. Unless that is taken care of it's a waste of time to try fixing the cabinet.

Wet particle board has lost a lot of it's strength and it does not hold screws as well as good material so sometimes you have to go to multiple fasteners to spread the load. Sometimes you can put a metal bracket on the inside of the cabinet and through bolt or use toggle bolts to hold things together.
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What about pulling the single cabinet down and replacing that mounting board (whatever it's called) using blocks, fasteners, and glue.
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GG45 "nailed" it. Repair as suggested with real wood. To do a good repair job, remove the cabinet from the wall, repair, and re-install. Good luck with your project.

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