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How to Install Cabinet Hardware With Simple Tools

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Find the Correct Size Drill Bit

Installing cabinet hardware is one of the most satisfying kitchen or bathroom rehab projects you can take on. By adding new knobs or pulls to your cabinets, you instantly update your kitchen within the span of only a couple of hours.

But there is one catch: it is a very exacting project with no room for error. Drill a hole in slightly the wrong spot and you ruin an expensive drawer or door front. Besides total replacement, your only recourse is wood putty.

You will need: Cordless drill, Tape measure, Laser level or chalk snap line, Painter’s tape, Drill bits, Cabinet hardware

Find Your Horizontals or Verticals

Select a drill bit by inserting bits of increasing size into the hole on the cabinet hardware. Choose the bit that most tightly fits into that hole.

If you are dealing with a long stretch of doors or drawers, mark the holes on the extreme points first (left to right, or top to bottom). Draw a line between the two extreme points either with a straight edge or chalk snap line.

For a row, obtain the vertical measurement, halve it, then mark that spot. Do this twice, one on each end.
For a column, obtain the horizontal measurement, halve it, then mark that spot. Do this twice, one on each end.

As an alternative to using a chalk snap line, you can use a laser level. Run the laser line across the face of all doors or drawers, thus obtaining the vertical measurement.