DIYer's, any tips on getting the cabinets perfectly level?
We are going to install floor after our cabinets are in. Our floor will span three rooms, all currently just have subfloors, which are in various shapes and species. So, we are going to put down 1/4" OSB and then 3/4" flooring when the time comes. That means we need to build a 1" base for the cabinets.
My question for your DIYer's or those who were heavily involved in the process, if you have followed the same sequence, how did you deal with the build up? I'm pondering following options:
1) cut 1" thick plywood 24" wide and lay down along the walls according to the cabinet layout plan, leaving the gap under fridge and dishwasher. However, I know our walls are not perfectly straight and may have bulges even in the middle, so I'm fairly certain that when installing cabinets we'll end up having some gap behind the cabinets here any there. We have a galley kitchen of 19'4" long. Should I be worried that the cabinets bottom may be hanging over the base where the cabinets are forward from the wall?
2) Then I have another idea... Maybe instead of laying out plywood sheets, I can have some small blocks (e.g. 2x2 at 1" thick). I'll lay them down when I install the cabinets... say, each supported on four blocks. The front of the block will be flush with the front of the cabinet bottom, so the floor can be laid up to the cabinets with the seam hidden under toe kick. One advantage I see with this is should there be any minor flood, there is enough room under the the cabinet bottom that the cabinets will not be damaged and they will be easy to dry out.
How did you do it?
Now to the question in the thread title, any tips and tricks to ensure a perfectly level cabinet installation? We will have a very long L shaped stone counter top (15'x9') and I don't have non-level cabinets which will cause headache when the countertop is installed. (I know, they can shim them, but I'd like to get it as right as possible from the beginning.)