How To Install Recessed Medicine Cabinets with Mirrors
Not all home owners can have large bathroom at their home. Most of home owners only have limited space for their bathroom. Due to this reason, they need to design their bathroom properly to avoid a crumpled look in their bathroom. Your bathroom might have limited space for storage and mirrors. To solve this problem, you are recommended to get recessed medicine cabinets with mirrors. If you are cutting a hole into the wall to add the medicine cabinet, you need to do it to an interior wall rather than an exterior wall where the cabinet would interfere with the insulation. By setting the cabinet inside the interior wall, you will be able to complete the project much easier. It is important for you to use the right tools and proper planning to prevent plumbing and electrical wiring.
Before building recessed medicine cabinets with mirrors, you need to prepare some items. Those include a 1x4x20 inch pine board, 1x4x15 inch pine board, 1/2x3x13 inch plywood sheets, 1/2 x15x20 inch plywood sheet, 15×20 inch wood-framed mirror, 2x4x15 inch pine board, hammer, 2-inch wood nails, 1-inch brad nails, stud finder, square, drywall saw, 4-inch wood screws, cordless drill, ¾ inch piano hinge with screws, and screwdriver. The first thing to do is to draw two 18-inch length wide lines on two 1x4x20 inch pine boards with a line 1-inch from each length-wise edge of the boards. Use the drill to make holes with ¼ inch diameter which is 1 inch apart along the two lines on 20-inch boards.
Next, you need to nail 1x4x15 inch pine boards to the ends of the two 20-inch boards by using 2-inch wood nails and a hammer. You can nail ½x15x20 inch plywood sheet to one side of the cabinet frames. Do it with 1-inch brad nails spaced at 1-inch intervals and ½ inch from the edge of plywood. It is important for you to place two studs on the wall where you are planning to install the recessed medicine cabinets with mirrors. Place the studs with stud finder.
If you are done with those steps above, you should draw 16×20 inch rectangles on the wall in the mounting place for recessed medicine cabinets with mirrors at the studs. Use a drywall saw to cut out the drywall at 45-degree angle along the rectangle. After that, you need to drive a 2x4x15 inch board between two studs and make sure it is flush with the bottom of the drywall hole. You can use a cordless drill with 4-inch wood screws driven at a 45-degree angle. Insert the medicine cabinet to the hole in the drywall before drilling two 4-inch wood screws into the bottom of the cabinet and two in each side. Do it by using cordless drill.
The next thing to do in installing recessed medicine cabinets with mirrors is attach the ¾ inch piano hinge to the back edge of wood-framed mirror by using the screws. Usually, when you are purchasing the hinge and cordless drill package, you also get some screws which are included into the package. You need to pre-drill the screw hole into the front of the framed mirror before screwing the cabinet knob in the hole. The last step is screwing the piano hinge into the exposed edge of the medicine cabinet’s frame. These screws usually come with the hinge package. The studs should be 16 inches apart. If the studs are further apart, you should use 2x4x23 inch board as the inner support. Make sure you are not pulling on any electrical wires which do not have enough slack to be moved. It can pull the wires loosing from the attachments.
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