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Listing #1662   Listed on: 12/29/2008
These are my installs i have completed, and are typical of the types of custom homes i install. Please let me know what you think, I typically work by myself, no helper, and invest 3-5 days on a job.

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Posted By: Gary     [12/29/2008]
Nice installs. Do you make the cabinets also.Where are you located.


Posted By: Sam Caprar     [12/29/2008]
Hey Gary thanks for taking your time to look, I don't make the cabinets they come from the shop that employes me, the do an exellent job and with quality other shops just can't match. I've have always been proud to install for them. I'm in phoenx Arizona. Sadly if we can't come to new terms on my install rates I'll have to find a new shop to work with

Posted By: sean m titmas     [12/30/2008]
nice work. what install methods and tools do you use?

how do you charge? by the piece or job?

i build cabinets and trim out but work has slowed down considerably and im trying to advertise myself to some local cabinet shops to pickup some installs so im looking for any help or tips from people who are established in the biz. any info you can share would be much appreciated.

Posted By: Sam     [12/31/2008]
Hey sean sorry it took so long to get back to you, some basics for installs....paperwork paperwork paperwork! Always make sure you have the right cabinets in the intended area. There are many ways to install cabinets, so if you ask 3 people you might get 3 different ways or maybe they all say the same thing. First thing I do is sweep out my work area just to keep everything looking nice and clean, it just looks bad to Install cabinets on a bunch of debris. After that find your studs and mark them. If you need to center cabinets on the wall this would be the perfect time to find your center and mark it. If your installing on tile, measure 54 inches from the floor and mark the wall, the bottoms of your uppers should meet that line, if the tile is not in yet, measure 54 3/4 and mark it. Now Measure from the wall to your first stud, let's say it's 12 inches, if you have a 1/4 inch ear on the cabinet subtract a 1/4 inch from 12 to get 11 3/4 and mark that on the back of your cabinet, once for the top and once for the bottom drill your pilot hole from the back I use a 3/16 bit jobber length. Now get your screws and put then in the hole just to enough to stay in (this helps later). Have a prop made at 57inches long, I use a closet rod and take it with me from job to job have that within arms reach along with your level. Now make sure to have your drill in your tool bag, get the cabinet up, put the prop under it, make sure it's on your mark and level, open the cabinet door, grab your drill your screws should be still waiting for you, secure it to the wall and double check for level, and repeat! Now alot of different factors and situations come up that can vary from job to job but that should be enough info to get you started.

Posted By: Russell Tribby     [01/01/2009]
Nice work Sam. i live in the valley as well. What's the name of the shop that you work for?

Posted By: sam     [01/04/2009]
Hey russell id rather not say publicly, im currently upset with the pay rate, if you havent read any of my other posts, you can email me at I would rather get my pay rates adjusted and continue to work for them on good terms instead of doing the finger pointing thing. Anyways are you a shop owner or installer or both?

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