Questions about Fridge cabinet build in

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by K.G14, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. K.G14

    K.G14 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    Location:
    Ontario
    Hi,

    I'm looking to attempt to build gables around our fridge and install the 30x15 little cabinet. I haven't found much info and very detailed videos explaining everything.

    I want to start my questions with the floor and go up:), we are installing a floating engineering hardwood floor... How do I even attach the gables to the floor? even using L brackets?

    My next question is how much overhang do I allow, we are using a counter depth fridge 23" deep, I've tried looking at many pictures and can't tell how much from the cabinet the sides extend. Should I have them sit flush with the cabinets so the draws open fine or allow 1"-2" extra.

    Now the fridge is a 36" wide model, Do I make everything snug and tight, we are selling the house with all the appliances.

    Now moving to the upper cabinet, I know most people use a deep cabinet but thought I would use the 30x15 cabinet we bought years ago still in the box. I'm going to leave dead space behind everything but wasn't sure does everything sit flush with the fridge or extend.

    I have a good view of the finish product but have some small problems I was hoping the pro's could help.

    thank you
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Occupation:
    Plumber
    Location:
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    The unit probably needs a considerable "air space" around it for air circulation. How is a 30" cabinet going to fit over a 36" refrigerator. How are you using "gables" around the refrigerator?
     
  3. Sponsor

    Sponsor Paid Advertisement

     
  4. K.G14

    K.G14 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    Location:
    Ontario
    After I posted my question I thought about that, was thinking using filler strips to centre the 30" cabinet. There's also the option to just buy a 30" fridge.

    This was my end goal

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Occupation:
    Plumber
    Location:
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    a 24" cabinet depth 30" wide refrigerator would be almost useless for anything other than a studio apartment with a single occupant.
     
  6. DougB

    DougB Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2010
    Occupation:
    Software Developer / Engineer
    Location:
    Minneapolis - Land of 10,000 taxes
    Get the installation manual for the refrigerator. It will tell you the cabinet dimensions. Is it meant to be built in? Built in units are made so the condenser is on the top - vented.
     
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Occupation:
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    Location:
    New England
    The GE, counter depth refrigerator I have has the cabinet walls essentially, tight to the sides. The instructions said you have to leave at least 1" air space above it. I used a 36" wide, deep cabinet above it. It's been working fine now since 2000. YOu do need to read the instructions on required air gaps, if any, are required, for the frig you select. FWIW, the compressor/condenser on mine is on the bottom. Those designed for a real, built-in, tight fit (no gaps anywhere, usually don't put them on the bottom, but in mine, with the gap at the top, seems to work fine. It did meet Energy Star requirements at the time.

    FWIW, I also have an engineered, floating wood floor. I did not run the finished floor beyond a couple of inches from the front, and then put a piece of plywood on top of the subflooring that was the same thickness as my finished floor. This let me use some L-brackets and cleats to anchor the bottom of the sidewalls and vertical edge at the back. The cabinets abut it on one side, and are screwed together, giving is great stability after also screwing it to the studs in the wall behind.
     
  8. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2014
    Occupation:
    self-employed plumber-electrician doing residentia
    Location:
    Georgia
    Thanks for using the term fridge instead of frig. Two totally different things.
     
Similar Threads: Questions Fridge
Forum Title Date
Remodel Forum & Blog SubFloor Questions - How to secure new subfloor to existing structure Sep 11, 2015
Remodel Forum & Blog Replacement water service questions: Mar 30, 2015
Remodel Forum & Blog Basement Finish Flooring Questions Nov 22, 2014
Remodel Forum & Blog Bathrom Vanity, Medicine Cabinet, Sconce Install Questions Sep 28, 2013
Remodel Forum & Blog Basement remodel questions. Sep 6, 2013

Share This Page