Cabinet Hanger Helpers
From contributor R:
Fastcap makes an adjustable deadman called the Upper Hand that does exactly what you want.
From contributor X:
Might a JawHorse by Rockwell work for you?
From contributor M:
I see that FastCap now makes a proper size helper. I got the third hand long ago and it was a little too tall, so I cut it down. I also have the small one. You can use it on top of the countertop/base cab.
Nice to have if you have to swap a wall cab, or to install base first. But I have to say that I like the T-JACK better than the FastCap product. It's all metal and can hold much more weight, and I can adjust the height faster. All in all, both products have served me well.
From contributor J:
The best one I ever saw and made one for myself was a bottom plate 2x10x38 long with two screw jacks cut down to 14". The top was the same with 1 1/2" PVC in a floor flange slipped over the jack threads.
You put base in first or rolled work cab under, put wall cab on, and screwed it into height and level. Worked like a charm. The other method is to get one cab hung with a T stick and then use a clamp and a 2x4x8" long to index off each cabinet as you go along.
From contributor T:
If you build your own cabinets, start installing a French cleat. Level and install the hanging strip on the wall, then lift the cabinet and set. This may not work if the cabinets are tight to the ceiling with no crown.
From contributor A:
KISS method: screw or nail a cleat to the wall as a ledger. Take the cleat off and Spackle the holes if it's a painted wall or leave them if it's tiled. Make two boxes about 10x10x14 out of 3/4" ply. Install a leg leveler in each. Install the lowers then either install the counters or lay a piece of plywood over the lowers. Use the above cabinet levelers to hold up and level your uppers.
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