Comparing Cabinet Levelers: EZ-Level Reigns Supreme
Installing cabinets so that they are both secure and level is no easy task. Professional cabinet installers have many tools and techniques at their disposal in order to achieve perfect cabinet installations. In recent years, DIYers have benefitted from new cabinet-leveling systems, too, making the process easier than before. Still, not all of these cabinet leveling solutions are the same, and one in particular achieves superior results in less time and with less effort. Let’s dig deeper into several methods for leveling cabinets and learn why the EZ-Level System is the best on the market.
For centuries, cabinet installers have used shims to level cabinets during installation. Shims are wedge-shaped pieces of soft wood or plastic, and are placed under and behind individual cabinets to create a level installation.
While this is a time-honored method, there are several significant disadvantages to using shims. First, shims tend to expand and contract due to temperature and moisture inside the home. Bathroom and kitchen cabinets, in particular, are subject to changes in moisture levels. When the shims expand or contract, the cabinets can shift, resulting in an out-of-plumb condition. At best, this shifting can lead to unsightly gaps around the sides and bases of the cabinets. At worst, the shifting can cause any countertops mounted to the cabinets to twist, leading to cracks and damage. Expensive stone countertops require a stable, secure base that is plumb; when the underlying cabinet shifts, the stone countertops can break.
Shims are also very labor-intensive. Each cabinet must be leveled and mounted individually, requiring a lot of fiddling and extra time in order to complete the task. Shims are cheap, but they have fallen out of favor among professional cabinet installers.
In recent years, several manufacturers have developed cabinet leveling systems that use threaded “feet” to level the base cabinets. These are significantly more stable than shims, but also have several disadvantages that must be addressed. Just like shims, leg-leveling systems must be used individually, taking up valuable time and effort in installing a bank of cabinets. Next, the coarse threaded portions do not offer fine adjustability; cabinet installers must often take a “good enough” approach to the installation process, which may result in less-than-satisfactory results. Finally, leg leveling systems only level cabinets in relation to floors – they do nothing to achieve square and plumb installations related to the walls of the room.
The EZ-Level System was developed by a cabinet installer with many years of experience in the field. Frustrated with the poor results that shims and leg-levelers offered, he created a system that uses a camming surface that provides incredible accuracy and stability. The EZ-Level units allow installers to treat a bank of cabinets like one large piece of furniture. Installers can affix the cabinets to each other, then level the entire unit at once. This saves a lot of time and frustration, reducing the effort to a process of minutes rather than hours of labor.
EZ-Level adjusters are invisible, being hidden by cabinet toe-kicks. They are easy to use by DIYers and professional cabinet installers alike. The adjusting units use a fine-threaded system, giving installers the precision needed to achieve perfect results. The end result of the EZ-Level system is one of stable cabinets that are plumb to the walls and floors, providing support for expensive countertops. This superior system has revolutionized the cabinet installation process. To learn more, visit www.ez-level.com/Videos.html