03:13AM | 12/16/05
Member Since: 12/15/05
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I live in Maryland and I would like to finish my basement myself. Part of finishing my basement means buying some base cabinets to serve as my foundation for bookshelves. My basement has a concrete slab and I have been lookng all over the Internet to find something on how to fasten the cabinets to the floor. Should I put down pre-treated 2x4s and then set the cabinets on top of them? Or, should I put down pre-treated 2x4s and nail the cabinets against the wood directly on the concrete slab? Or, should I lay down plastic or some sort of plywood and place the cabinets on top of that and still nail up against a pre-treated 2x4? I have no clue. Can some one please help.


05:01PM | 12/18/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
First, it is always wise to separate wood from concrete. Codes cal for any structrual lumber to either be PT or to be separated with a membrane. So if you are using any sort of vinyl sheet goods for floor covbering,put that down first to keep moisture from wicking out of the crete and into the cabinet unit and ruining it. At the very minumum, seal the bottom edges of the cab unit first with a paint or some such.

Second, base cabs are almost never attached to the floor. Gravity still works, so all that is needed is a couple of screws in the rear mounting strip into wall studs. Shims are sometimes used under the base to level it.

Another option could be a dab of PL Premium construction adhesive which will weld almost any two dissimilar construction materilas together.

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12:46AM | 12/19/05
Member Since: 12/15/05
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Thank you for your suggestions. So a sheet of vinyl, fixed to the concrete with adhesive, would be sufficient to protect the cabinets and meet any county codes? When I ask my county for anything to "meet county codes", they always say just meet the national building codes standard and that is sufficient for them. BTW, would you know what is the name of the national building code manual? Thanks for everything.


03:52AM | 12/19/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
There are many different "national" building codes. UBC, SBC are two that come to mind and IIRC there is a 3rd.

And those codes are just for construction. There are others for electrical, plumbing, fire, etc.

However, most of them are being combinded into the "international" building code, IBC with a special striped down version for 1 and 2 family homes, the International Residental Code, IRC. The IRC also includes the appropriate sections of plumbing and electrical and mechnaical codes.

However, that means NOTHING. The ONLY code that is acceptable in your county is the ONE that the county (or the state if they have control) as ADOPTED by the legisative branch. And it will be VERY SPECIFIC as the VERSION and DATE of the code. And it is often modified to allow or disallow some materials or building methods.

You need to find out which specific code that they are using, which issue, and any modifications.


12:35AM | 12/20/05
Member Since: 12/15/05
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Thank you very much for your insight on the national codes. Apparently, my county requires us to meet the IRC 2003 codes. I am able to find it at my "local" library. I have the word local in quotes because the closest library that has the book is at least a good 30 minutes away but that's my problem. Thanks again.


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