I Think My Upper Cabinets Are Falling Down

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I Think My Upper Cabinets in

Cameron Park Are Falling Down

 

In following up on a call to a home in Cameron Park yesterday, I discover that the upper cabinets were falling away from the ceiling. The cabinets were hanging from the ceiling away from the wall, it appeared to be an anchorage problem. I could only see a few screws through the top of the units.

In checking further into why the cabinets were coming down, I could see that not all the screws made contact with solid backing. Sheetrock alone will not hold up these cabinets. Since it was an upstairs room, I climbed up into the attic space to look at the framing.

As my stud finder detected, there was only one minor board that was across this area. No amount of screws would pull this cabinet back up into place because there was nothing to grab onto in the attic. So I fixed it. I added plenty of new framing to help grab and pull up the sagging cabinets in Cameron Park.

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John McCormack, CRS
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Good Friday morning Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366 - I had a buyer run into falling cabinets not long ago. The seller fixed the problem and we're heading to the closing table. 

Dec 03, 2015 10:42 PM #1
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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Seems like the original installation was shoddy. I wonder if it was a DIY gone wrong.

Dec 03, 2015 11:27 PM #2
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Wow, something else to look for. You wonder who put the cabinets in, the owner or a contractor. Glad you were asked to come in to fix that.

Dec 03, 2015 11:49 PM #3
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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Mystery solved once again by a great general contractor who knows his stuff!

Dec 03, 2015 11:54 PM #4
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Kathleen Daniels
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Wow - way to put the screws to it, Tom!  It is a good thing they called you before the cabinets gave way and fell down!

Dec 04, 2015 06:29 AM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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I have actually seen this on new construction Tom.  And sometimes it's because they used drywall screws, which aren't intended for such applications.

Dec 04, 2015 08:24 AM #6
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I like the sound of that John McCormack 

Dec 04, 2015 12:12 PM #7
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No it was original construction Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC 

Dec 04, 2015 12:14 PM #8
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It was a contractor, he's not making us look too good though Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® 

Dec 04, 2015 12:15 PM #9
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You are kind Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Dec 04, 2015 12:15 PM #10
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The cabinets were pretty packed and a microwave too Kathleen Daniels 

Dec 04, 2015 12:16 PM #11
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The screws used were drywall screws Jay Markanich ! 

Dec 04, 2015 12:17 PM #12
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Good morning Joe.  Well I've seen it before but now I know the reason it happens.  

Dec 04, 2015 06:46 PM #13
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