Installing Cabinets in a Garage – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St. Louis

I’m thinking about installing some cabinets in my garage. Is this something I can do myself and are there any special requirements?

Adding cabinets to your garage is a fairly easy task to do. As to buying the cabinets, you should consider your budget, the appearance of the cabinets, as well as any special uses for the cabinets (tools, drawers, etc.). For example, most cabinets are made of wood, but there are steel cabinets which are commonly used in garages. For general usage, the typical wood cabinets are fine. However, no matter what type of cabinet you buy, I recommend buying the cabinets pre-assembled. The type that you have to put together are time consuming and not always as sturdy.

If the framing of the wall you’re mounting the cabinets to is covered with drywall or plaster, you’ll need a stud-finder to find the studs. Make a mark of each stud in the area where the cabinets are going. The cabinets should only be secured to the studs, not just to the drywall. Use a level to mark where you want the top of the cabinet to be.

It is easier to remove the doors of the cabinets before mounting them, mainly because of the weight. Inside the cabinet, at the top, there is usually a small piece of wood that runs from left to right, which is a good place to secure the cabinet. If there isn’t any trim inside the cabinet, then another good possibility is on top of the cabinet, through the lip of the back frame. It is best to use 3” screws, again, installing them into the studs.

If you have more than one cabinet to install right next to another, once they are both hung to the wall, use a drill bit to drill a hole through the front frame of one into the other. Don’t drill all the way through, just enough for slightly less than the length of the screw. You’ll have to measure to see what size screw you’ll need. After you’ve drilled the hole, use a countersink bit, or a larger size bit to drill just a small area into the hole, so that the screw you’ll be putting in will be sunk slightly beneath the surface. This is done to keep the cabinets secured to each other. Two screws holding the one cabinet to the other should be fine.

Next, attach the doors and any shelving that came with the cabinet, and you’re ready to start filling it!

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Ceiling Fan Light Kit – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St Louis

The light on my ceiling fan won’t come on any longer. I pull the chain for it, but it doesn’t “click” on. Do I need a new light or a new ceiling fan?

This is an easy fix, and you don’t need a new fan or new light. All you need is a new pull chain switch.
Inside the light housing, you’ll find the switch which has to be replaced. These are available at any hardware store.

First, turn off the circuit breaker, which controls the fan. Next, remove the light from the fan portion. There are usually two or three screws which will drop the light housing away from the fan. When you’ve done this, you will see a small device which is connected to the pull chain. To remove this, you’ll need to unscrew the nut on the outside of the light. This will then allow you to move this switch away from the light housing.

Normally, there will be two wires which run from this switch, and they will usually be joined in a wire nut with other wires. The only thing you have to do is replace the two original wires coming from the switch with the new wires of the new switch. Run the pull chain back out of the hole the switch goes through in the light housing and then reconnect the nut on the outside which was removed.
If by chance you have a light on your fan which has a high/low, or high/medium/low feature, you’ll need to use a different pull-chain switch than a simple on/off. The wiring will be the same usually, so it’s just a matter of using the correct switch.

Once the power is turned back on, you should be able to turn the light on and off without a problem.
This fix is basically the same for the pull chain of the fan portion of the ceiling fan. However, there are more than two wires coming from the pull chain for the fan. This is a repair that is best for someone who knows what they’re doing.

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