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Old 11-04-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Default How to fix rotted cabinet bottom?

Hi, Our cabinet problem is inherited from the previous owners. The floor of the cabinet has rotted away (cabinet under the sink), I assume from a leak. While we're pretty handy, cabinet repair is unknown territory to us. We're a bit stumped how to remove/install a new floor. Any pointers would be much appreciated. See attached pic. thanks!
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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Default or, how I became a "no sink base cabinet" guy

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We're a bit stumped how to remove/install a new floor.
Any pointers would be much appreciated.
Go to a home center and see how one is made.
You can cut out the bottom shelf easily enough (do that).
This will expose the side walls of the cabinet and how much rot is there.

The fix will probably be in "sistering" some new wood to the sides...
attaching that as high as you need to go to find dry good wood.

If inclined you can then replace the shelf...
and attach a toe kick to that.

hth
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Here is the pic
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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That looks like opening a can of worms deal and without some better pictures to see how it's assembled giving any advice on how to fix it is going to be tough.

Is it structurally unsound or just looks bad?
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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THe first and most important step is determining the type of construction for the cabinet. Euro style box, face frame, mortise, etc. Once you can determine that the rest is relatively simple.
There are also a lot of DIY step-by-step on the 'net-
replacing sink cabinet bottom - Google Search

Have fun!
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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It is a particle board cabinet so there is no hope of fixing it. As long as it stays dry it will probably not get worse. Get a nice big plastic pan like a cat box or a storage bin, that fits in there and use that to put your under cabinet stuff in and ignore the problem until you remodel. then toss it.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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...so there is no hope...

And the world is coming to an end- OH, NO!
That rather condescending considering the OP implied wanting to fix it and being handy. Along with Mr. R's explanation and a whole host of sites that explore this very subject.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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All that advice does not address if the sink base has a center stile. If it does then the new floor cut will not fit in unless that center stile is R & R ed or the floor will have to be cut and installed in halves.

From the looks of the insides of that cabinet box, that whole thing is totaled and unsalvageable. And that rot we see sure has hell extends all the way down to the floor.

Buddy it's time for a new kitchen. Even the cheapest of cheap is better then what's there. Where there is rot there is mold. Both coming from water spill or leakage. You may find prehistoric bones under that sink floor.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thanks for the advice. We're preparing to rent the house so this problem has to be fixed instead of ignored. I was fine leaving it as is until hubby pushed his fingers through it (!)
The cabinets are solid wood (maple I think?) but the bottoms of this appear to be particle. There is at least an inch between the cabinet bottom and the floor. I'll try to attach another pic. Sorry the first is so small.
It doesn't have to look good but it has to be structurally sound.
Are we better off hiring someone? We can't afford to redo all the cabinets in the kitchen. This is the only one that has an issue. The cabinet floor and wall on the other side (to the left) is fine.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Another pic...as you can see my husband's fingers made a lovely hole so now we are set on fixing it.
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