Drywall screws and kitchen cabinets.
Most kitchen cabinet manufacturers will state what screws should be used to install their cabinets. Some will even include the screws they want taped to the inside of the cabinet itself. These little screw kits will even have small collars to put between the screw head and cabinet to improve hold and strength. The instructions will suggest stainless steel, brass or large wood screws as they have a thicker neck just under the screw head and are stronger screws overall. And to use the little round collars under the screws in addition.
What cabinet manufacturers don't want to see is drywall, or drywall-type screws. Click on this blog which describes the how to and how not to suggestions regarding cabinet installation.
So, given all that, why am I still seeing the wrong screws used by builders for kitchen cabinets in new construction?
All of the cabinets in this new house had the drywall-type screws used.
And without collars.
On this particular cabinet the installer even drilled a hole for a screw to go and then never put one in it.
Why put together a "gourmet" kitchen in a very expensive new house, and use improper screws for the kitchen cabinets?
My recommendation: I always look into kitchen cabinets in new construction to see how they were installed. And why not! Once on new construction I pointed out the wrong screws that were used to install the cabinets and the supervisor said he had never seen that and that I was out of bounds. The buyers laughed and said they had a cabinet FALL OFF THE WALL because drywall-type screws had been used. The repair company told them not to use those screws when installing cabinets and used the right ones to repair the fallen cabinet. They then went about replacing the wrong screws with the right screws. Read the installation instructions that come with the cabinets! And use the suggested screws.
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