Old subfloor problem - uneven under cabinets

jaz50yMarch 26, 2011

I am replacing a stove and dishwasher along with counters. The stove is in an island, and the tile floor and hardibacker were butted up against the cabinets, leaving a 1 1/4" drop to the base of the cabinets. Because it would be impossible to remove the stove after counters are in, I want to build up the area with plywood. BUT the subfloor is uneven, both back-to-front and side-to-side. The area is about 20" by 85". I guess I need to level the new plywood, rather than try to shim cabinets and rely on feet of stove - is this right? And should I level using wood shims, or try to use some asphalt shingles? The maximum error is about 1/4".

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It matters little what you use as mass to shim the plywood; it just needs to be clean, dense and able to nail through. Shingles, either asphalt or wood undercourse are commonly used. Use the leveling feet on the stove for final adjustments when reinstalling that.

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