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Why the Basic Install Steps are Crucial

Working towards a properly finished product, you have to start properly. Incorporating the following tips in the beginning of install is crucial for a successful outcome. Perfection isn’t a goal, it’s an attitude!

  1. Straight, Plum and Level; Start straight, Stay straight!
    • There are limited tolerances regarding door and drawer head spacing, so it’s vitally important to start straight, plum and level from the very beginning. (This will give you the greatest flexibility with final adjustments.)
    • There is limited adjustment distance, and only small tolerances in gaps, shadow-lines and reveals. Starting straight leaves you maximum room to get a clean finished product that matches the design.
  1. Shim Cabinetry as Needed
    • Walls and floors are never built perfectly flat and straight. Cabinet carcasses will need to be shimmed to obtain a level, plum and square installation, ensuring all doors and drawers will be properly aligned after final adjustments.
    • Mount cabinets so shims are captured, too.
  1. Follow Special Install Instructions for Cabinets
    • Metropolitan provides printed info for special installation requirements. This includes diagonal cabinetry, blind cabinets and farm sink base cabinets. This information is critical for the proper installation of these cabinets.
  1. Refer to Special Adjusting Instructions for Hardware
    • For custom insert hardware, part-specific instructions are provided by Metropolitan, which will make your job of mounting and adjusting much more efficient. You will find these special instructions in the cabinet, with the mounted insert.
  1. Label detached drawer boxes, doors, and cabinets
    • If any drawer boxes or doors are removed to simplify cabinet installation, they should be labeled with their correct box number, and position. These parts are individually pre-adjusted on each cabinet. (Their locations are not inter-changeable.)
    • Include cab number, drawer number, and for doors either hinge side or vertical orientation. (i.e. This way UP.)
    • A little blue tape can be a great asset.