06:52AM | 09/14/00
Member Since: 09/13/00
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We want to open up our kitchen by removing soffits that exist above the cabinets. The soffits are tiled so the job is a little more involved than usual.

Is there an easy way to determine if the soffit is covering any plumbing or central air duct work before actually breaking through the tile and dry wall?? We just bought the house, so we don't know the history.


07:41AM | 09/25/00
Member Since: 09/24/00
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I have never seen a cabinet soffit used for any of these things. If you want to be 100% certain, then just remove one wall cabinet from each soffitted run and cut a hole throught the drywall from the underside of the soffit and take a look. You may have to feel around up there or use a small inspection mirror and flashlight. If you don't know how to remove the cabinets, then you might not know enough to tackle this job. They are attached by some combination of the following (if they aren't hung by a track from behind, ie: European system): screws through the back and/or top to the studs; screws through the face frames screwed cabitnet to cabinet.
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