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Can I hang this heavy and deep cabinet on this wall safely?

It looks like the cabinet is intended to sit on top of a base cabinet. You are right to be concerned about the structure of the cabinet. You can add a discrete support below it. In addition to the ...
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Screw hole too big now in stud for hanging cabinets up. What can I do?

I would be considering two options: using larger screws into the stud. gluing a dowel into the hole in the stud, even drilling out the hole to 6mm or 8mm and then, once the glue is dried drilling a ...
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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

Nearly all the reasons you proposed for leaving them free are rare occurrences. (I'm not sure what "doing the stove" means. Cleaning?) On those occurrences it's fairly easy to pull a few 3" screws and ...
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Where does the strength of a French cleat lie?

If you consider the physics of this, the B wedge is going to apply more outward force on the cleat attached to the wall then the A wedge for a given amount of weight supported. So you might cause the ...
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What is the purpose of the hole in this drawer?

My hunch is that it was a custom-made cabinet for audio equipment. The drawer might be for a record player or other equipment only needed some of the time - pull it out, load a record, play it, and ...
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Can I hang this heavy and deep cabinet on this wall safely?

@Ralpharama- Use concrete screws (Tap-Cons) specifically the larger diameter screws that use a 3/16th inch concrete bit. You won't have to use as many screws so less drilling. Also use the the Tap-...
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Can I hang this heavy and deep cabinet on this wall safely?

@ojait's answer has good info about getting things attached into the wall (I'd rent a rotary hammer for this.) In order to make things a lot easier and get a good sturdy support I would suggest ...
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Preparing an old metal cabinet for painting

OK, so this is a classic prep-paint situation, on a metal thing which has alkyd (that's what its mom calls oil paint when it's in trouble) or possibly LPU paint. Definitely not latex, so we dodged ...
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Screw hole too big now in stud for hanging cabinets up. What can I do?

Continuing from Solar Mike's excellent answer: Use a longer screw. However, one must be sure that there is no electrical or plumbing behind that point that could be penetrated by the longer screw. ...
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Reinforcing a shelf supported only by pins

The type of shelf pins shown in your photo are able to twist out of crappy MDF or particle board side walls when a lot of torque is placed on the pin due to excessive weight placed upon the shelf. ...
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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

How about not screwing up your countertop seams, by moving? How about not collapsing sideways due to weight of porcelain + iron sink and granite counter? (I live in earthquake country...) How about ...
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Preparing an old metal cabinet for painting

You don't need to go to bare metal on paint that is well adhered. Hammerite has a particular "look" (a deliberately uneven, uniformly) surface which can help to hide surface defects under it - if ...
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How would you fix this cabinet not opening all the way?

You can change it so it opens the opposite direction. I.E. Flip the door over and attach the hinges to the left side of the cabinet. You can remove door by removing the screw on each hinge that holds ...
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Screw hole too big now in stud for hanging cabinets up. What can I do?

There's a further option not mentioned above, and one that may suit someone less handy: Use a solid wall anchor or threaded insert. Using an anchor or insert would allow you to continue to use the ...
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Reinforcing a shelf supported only by pins

Cleats. Well, If I didn't simply add up what this expletive redacted liquor cabinet just cost me (not counting husky-containment and mopping time) and shoot it into the sun to be wholly replaced with ...
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My dishwasher is too short for the counter

Looks like you got about 3.5" to make up. I'd put a couple of 2x4s front to back stacked flat and screwed down where the DW feet go. My wife and I are both tall and when we built our house we ...
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Can I hang this heavy and deep cabinet on this wall safely?

I'm a 62 year old (2nd gen.) custom cabinet shop owner and have a ton of experience in cabinets. I strongly suggest you really look at the back of that piece before you do anything. All the fasteners ...
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Who would one hire to make a cabinet door that matches existing cabinets?

Carpenters don't usually do custom cabinetry--it requires a special skillset and some specialized tools. Some do, of course, and if you find a high-caliber handyperson he or she could probably get the ...
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How do I remove this cabinet drawer?

Push up on the pointy thing and pull on the drawer. see details here
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Should I install bracing behind drywall for upper cabinets?

Absolutely, install backers. I prefer 2X6 backers. This will make your life so much easier when you install your cabinets.
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Reinforcing a shelf supported only by pins

I find it hard to believe that a few bottles would tear those pins out, unless either 1) the shelves are too short, resulting in a lot of torsional force, or 2) the pins weren't fully seated. Four ...
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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

In the UK at least your cabinets will all be screwed into the underside of your kitchen worktop (except stone worktops which will be glued down with silicone), and also all screwed to each other, so ...
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Can I run power from inside cabinets to an externally mounted fixture?

Yes, when doing in-bench or in-cabinet work like that, I am very comfortable with EMT, provided it is anchored properly and not used as a hanger for other things.
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Can I hang this heavy and deep cabinet on this wall safely?

These plastic anchors can support up to 435 pounds (green) in concrete. Just make sure to use more than one :) If you choose something like a Tapcon screw then it really gets impressive: Just be ...
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How to safely hang this bathroom mirror and medicine cabinet

An alternative: Most recessed medicine cabinet installations I've seen would attach through the sidewall of the cabinet into the framing. Your pictures don't show if there are mounting holes for that ...
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How can I open a kitchen cabinet door where the child lock is keeping it closed?

Just found out that a magnet will unlock them! Used a fridge magnet and that done the trick. The locks were something like the things sold at the following link. Link
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Is it worth it to replace the stock blade of a miter saw?

While I can't speak to the quality of all manufacturers blades, in general the blade that comes with the saw is of no lower quality than any other blade offered by the manufacturer. Most miter saws ...
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Fix Kitchen cabinets damaged due to fire

It will be best to replace any doors where the plastic laminate has been burnt, distorted or partially melted.
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What should base kitchen cabinets sit on top of? Why? Why not?

Always an interesting choice. Most new construction puts cabinets on the subfloor. One of the reasons for doing this is to avoid damaging the new floors during construction. Floors are one of the last ...
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