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nlpie
Need Quick Advice--Gap between lower cabinet and wall--Tile Install
nlpie

We are getting ready to install some new subway tile. We have an issue where there is a gap between the end cabinet and a half wall. It feels like the house may have had some settling and the wall (half wall with granite bar on top) pulled away from the cabinet. When we push the wall, it does slightly move forward toward the cabinet. Do you think there is a fix for this that doesn't involved tearing out drywall? Would screws into the back of the lower kitchen cabinet into the wall help? The last tile install looked really bad because the grout didn't cover the gap and there was cracking. How cash we mask this? If the wall settled, do you think it will settle more or is it probably as bad as it will get?

Any Advice appreciated.

Jack
Re: Need Quick Advice--Gap between lower cabinet and wall--Tile Install
Jack

If the wall is moving then screws trough the back of the cabinet into studs should work.

Jack

dj1
Re: Need Quick Advice--Gap between lower cabinet and wall--Tile Install
dj1

Securing the half wall into the closest framing member should be top priority. Filling the gap will be next. How to fill depends on the situation.
Can you post a picture? load your pics onto a host like photobucket then post the link here.

nlpie
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nlpie

http://s1204.photobucket.com/user/nlpie/library/

Hope this works. I appreciate the help. My cabinets are being painted on Monday and I really want to get this fixed before that happens.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Need Quick Advice--Gap between lower cabinet and wall--Tile Install
HoustonRemodeler

Have someone push reaaaal hard on the wall while someone else is driving the proper cabinet screws into the studs. Don't stop pushing on the wall until a few screws are in.

If its possible, create a support leg on both sides; a fixed leg to stop the cabinets from moving, another adjustable one Shims, hydraulic jack, hand crank) which can be tightened in small increments.

This supposes you have enough wall studs.

dj1
Re: Need Quick Advice--Gap between lower cabinet and wall--Tile Install
dj1

After looking at your photos, It looks like, but I could be wrong, that the repairs we mentioned so far will not work out. I think the half wall separated too much. Could be twisted framing.

Another option:
1. for the counter top: use a bead of wide caulking strip to fill the wide gap, and when dry use caulking paste to top of it.
2. for the cabinet: attach a narrow strip of molding to hide the gap.

If new gaps are formed in the future, you will have to take the half wall down and re-do it.

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