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Old 04-10-2016, 03:12 AM   #1
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Well, we've found there just aren't enough storage cabinets in the garage of our 2014 Voltage Epic 3800. So what to do?

Measurements said we could add a 36" wide by 24" tall cabinet next to the existing cabinet. Here's pics of both sides:


So I went to my local Ace Hdwe and ordered a couple of cabinets close in color and design. It just doesn't matter to us whether they are a perfect match...it is the garage ya know!!

The new cabinets will be her this coming week. So time to do some planning for the installation. So I took my good stud finder and went to work...nothing...so I switched it to "Deep Scan" got some indications, but nothing repeatable.

Well...it will be behind the new cabinets, so what. So I put a strip of 2" wide blue tape the 36" width of the cabinets and started drilling 1/8" holes every 3/4 inch.

Guess what, I didn't drill through anything but the garage wall paneling...nothing else. So no framing lumber in either wall? how can that be?

Anyone got any experience here?

I'll post more when I hang the cabinets. Guess I'll use three rows of 1/4x20 anchors.

Thoughts?

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Old 04-10-2016, 04:21 AM   #2
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Isn't your frame aluminum? If so, maybe your stud finder can't see them.

The 1/4X20 is more than enough. I would use toggle bolts, they would add a little back support on the paneling. I would also tie the new cabinets in to the existing cabinet.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:08 AM   #3
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Well, all the framing behind the fireplace and behind the basement is all 2x2 wood.

If it is aluminum in the garage...you would have thought I would have felt it as I drilled the holes across the mounting area....

Hmmmm.....

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Old 04-10-2016, 09:13 AM   #4
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Too bad it is warming up - on mine when it is cold at night, I can go out in the morning and "see" the "studs" down the walls of the exterior of the camper due to the condensation on the outside...
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I was able to find solid material directly next to the cabinet proper. Nothing else for the next 42 inches so it was the heavy duty wall anchors on the end of the shelf. I did screw the shelf to the stud and the cabinet and then one two more angle brackets on top of the shelf.


It's solid enough to hold two pair motorcycle boots, three jackets with armor, wad of gloves, chaps and a travel bag full of cold weather gear and some heated stuff. The heavy jackets live on the cabinet mounted end of the shelf.
Two years and it's still up there.
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Old 04-10-2016, 03:30 PM   #6
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Don, that's a function of where you live. Here in Southern Colorado I have to scrape the windshield a couple of times a Winter...and my truck sits outside!

Sundancer, that's my plan, attach it to the end of the existing cabinet and then perhaps three rows of for wall anchors.
But, sigh, those new cabinets were where I was going to store my gold bullion...sigh...LOL!!

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I was able to find solid material directly next to the cabinet proper. Nothing else for the next 42 inches so it was the heavy duty wall anchors on the end of the shelf. I did screw the shelf to the stud and the cabinet and then one two more angle brackets on top of the shelf.


It's solid enough to hold two pair motorcycle boots, three jackets with armor, wad of gloves, chaps and a travel bag full of cold weather gear and some heated stuff. The heavy jackets live on the cabinet mounted end of the shelf.
Two years and it's still up there.
Had to wait until the phone charged so I could take the pic.
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The shelf looks nice! But we got stuff to store, so cabinets with doors and one moveable shelf!

Have a couple of "ratchet tubes" that I used to use to keep stuff in place in the bed of my truck. Thinking they will extend long enough to allow me to set the cabinet on them while attaching it to the wall...with Wife's help steadying things....

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Stuff, always more stuff to find a place to store.
Two more hands are always helpful when setting wall cabinets. I used the base cabinets and then built a box to sit on the base to hold the wall cabinets in place so I could set them, didn't have an extra pair of hands. FWIW, take the doors off, makes the cabinets lighter and you don't have to deal with them being in your way.
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Very good reminder...take the doors off!!

Thanks for the reminder!!

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