How to Secure Your Windows and Doors in the Summer

Home security is especially important in the warmer, summer months. Statistically there is an increase in crime that correlates with rising temperatures. According to Vox.com, “Burglary is 11% more common in the summer than in the winter — that’s more seasonal variation than for any other single type of crime.” This information isn’t meant to scare, however. Consider it an incentive to protect your home year-round.

If you live in a generally warmer climate like southern California, or just prefer an extra chill, your windows may be open at any point in the year. Same goes to leaving your sliding patio door cracked for a breeze or continued airflow in stifling weather. We all make these choices – so why not make the added choice of including some extra security?

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The security brand First Watch has a large selection of latches, strike plates, and other home lock and security products. We carry many First Watch home security products, including a window slide stop that can be used on sliding windows and doors. With two steel thumbscrews and an aluminum finish, this small piece of hardware locks your window in a closed or vented position. Leaving windows cracked at night with a Slide Stop prevents an intruder from opening the window further and taking advantage of a weak spot to get into your home. Continue reading “How to Secure Your Windows and Doors in the Summer”

How to Choose the Right RTA Cabinet for Your Home

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When it’s time to search for a new kitchen cabinet, the process isn’t just a simple one-stop shopping adventure. Overhauling your kitchen, arguably one of the most important rooms in the home, requires a great deal of time for research and to evaluate your options before committing to purchase. Let’s look over the best ways to start searching for a ready to assemble kitchen cabinet. CS Hardware has undergone a full site design, making it easier than ever before to navigate the ready to assemble kitchen cabinet section. Take a look at the highlighted categories that make your decision process easier:

Top Selling Cabinets

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How to Maximize the Space in Your Kitchen

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes homeowners will compromise on the kitchen initially with visions of improving it later on. The kitchen is quite often a bustling place for cooking meals and entertaining. If the space is limited, don’t feel cheated. Get creative! Consider some useful ideas for maximizing kitchen space and your less-than-ideal kitchen will feel like a perfect fit.

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How to Match Furniture to Your Kitchen

Choosing your kitchen cabinets and appliances requires a great deal of research and rumination. Finding pieces that go well together and colors that fit the rest of your home is important. Add in the fact that the kitchen is a major focal point in most homes, either simply for food prep or also for entertaining, and that means putting together the right aesthetic is key. Furniture that complements your kitchen cabinets and overall theme can be chosen in a variety of ways. We take a look at the kind of furniture you can pair with three of our attractive, unique ready to assemble kitchen cabinet designs.

Complement Color and Wood Finish

Choosing the wood finish on your kitchen cabinets is a big decision. The wood finish creates a huge influence on the room and you want to be happy with a wood species you’ll be seeing a great deal of for a long time. One important point is that you don’t need to have an exact match on the wood of your cabinets and the wood or coloring of your furniture. In most cases, you can start by matching the undertones to avoid having too much of a monochromatic look. If the kitchen cabinets contain a hint of red undertones, light coloring, or a richer color, pull from that for choosing your chairs, tables, and other kitchen or dining room furniture.

Complement Color and Appliances

Choose a dominant or aesthetic color from your kitchen to highlight with your furniture. For example, if you have black countertops and appliances in your kitchen, choose furniture with a black or dark color to complement it. Black or dark grey top for a dining room table as well as chairs will look great with your kitchen. Matching your appliances and kitchen cabinet accents with the rest of the furniture in the room allows the small details to pop.

Contrast Furniture and Wood Finish

Instead of streamlining the look, go for something different by contrasting the colors in the room. When it comes to furniture selection, this mostly means choosing between lighter and darker coloring. However, if you’re feeling extremely creative and desire more color, use the color wheel when choosing furniture. For example, dark blues contrast with orange or rust colors, while olive and greens contrast with maroon and red. Otherwise, contrast bright white cabinets with dark, richly colored or wood for the tables, chairs, and other furniture pieces in your kitchen.

Furniture doesn’t need to match to look great in your home, and whatever road you go down you’ll create a unique theme. As long as the styling pleases you and your family, you’ve made the right choice.

How to Fix Broken Drawer Slides

Cabinet drawers see a lot of activity over the years. Whether they’re holding kitchen supplies, hardware tools, or an assortment of random items, drawers bear a great deal of a weight and haphazard use. One day the drawer starts to jam or bind, makes a grinding noise or just plum won’t budge. At that point, it’s clear that you need to investigate and fix the problem with your drawer slides. It’s easy for a misguided slamming of a drawer or general overuse to cause the drawers to stop working properly. Learn about the common problems that break down drawer slides and how to remedy these issues with some easy fixes.

Bent or misshapen sections

After emptying the content of your drawers and carefully removing the drawer itself, examine the slides. If you see any bent or misshapen spots, look at the extent of the damage. Often times, the bend can be smoothed out by re-shaping the slide. First you’ll have to carefully remove the slides from the drawer and drawer box. Use pliers to reshape the drawer slides and smooth out any warped areas. Clean and replace the slides, and you should have a functioning drawer again.

Loose screws

Screws can often come loose over time. When drawer slides aren’t attached to the sides (or bottom) of your drawer properly, the drawer won’t move smoothly anymore. Consider the condition of your drawer slides before pursuing this next step. If they’re in good condition and the screws are the sole problem, get some wood glue before re-tightening the screws. Put some wood glue in the whole and tighten the screws for a seamless and secure attachment.

Use cleaner

Drawer slides gather dust and debris just like all the other forgotten crevices in your home. Maybe the drawers aren’t sliding in and out as easily as before. If there is no major damage to be discovered, the drawer slides might just need some cleaning. Remove the drawer box and examine the slides. Use a basic cleaning spray and a rag to wipe down the slides and ensure they’re clean. Your drawers should be running smoothly after that.

Roller wheels

The roller wheels to the slides are essential for smooth running, especially with soft-closing or self-close drawer slides. If the wheels are just roughed up or mildly damaged, some grease and cleaning should put the wheel back into to normal rolling shape. However if the wheel has been worn down to a more flat edge, or if it’s completely broken, you’ll need to completely replace your drawer slides. The roller wheels are riveted to the body of the slide and cannot be replaced individually.

How to Assemble Base Cabinets with Glue, Dowels and Brad Nails

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Although many people tend to assemble their cabinets with glue and cam locks, it can also easily be done with glue, dowels and brad nails.

1. Prep for assembly. Start off by placing the face frame on the ground. The two side panels with toe kicks should slide easily into the frame’s grooves. Next, insert the bottom panel board into the groove on the bottom of the two panels with toe kicks.

2. Assemble main pieces. Insert the two dowels onto the opposite end of the openings (this is the top of the door’s face frame). They should fit into the grooves nicely. Your last panel slides in the empty slot (this will be the back of the cabinet). Insert dowels on the ends of the toe kicks and then add a panel to the front of the toe kicks. This panel should fit perfectly underneath the face frame.

3. Add supports & drawer pieces. Place corner supports on the top of the cabinet and nail them in with brad nails. Then install in drawer sockets and drawer slides.

4. Add door front & shelf pieces. Attach the door front by nailing in the hinges to the face frame. Add in shelf supports and slide shelf in.

5. Assemble the drawers. You will have four pieces and then the bottom (so 5 all together). Apply glue to the grooves of the front drawer piece. Add the two side boards by matching the grooves together. Then install the bottom of the drawer by sliding it into the grooves. Add the back of the drawer piece with glue. The grooves should match up nicely. Slide in drawer slides. Attach decorative drawer front and secure with nails.

After assembling the base cabinets, you’ll probably want to install them. Measure the base cabinets and use a pencil and level to mark a line of the highest point in the floor to the cabinet height. Use the stud finder to locate the studs and mark them accordingly. Fit your cabinet into place and check to make sure it is level. If so, predrill the top framing piece into the wall studs and secure with screws.

Click hereto watch a video tutorial of how to assemble base cabinets.

How to Assemble a Lazy Susan Cabinet with Glue and Cam Locks

Lazy Susans make a great addition to your kitchen. They provide a simple solution for unorganized spaces and make all your goods easily accessible. A great way to make the most of your kitchen space is to install a lazy Susan into a corner cabinet. Here are some basic assembly instructions using glue and cam locks.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and lay out all of the parts separately. Lay down one of the side panel pieces with a toe kick on a flat and clean surface. Apply glue to the grooves of the panel and then insert a regular side panel board upwards on the right side.

2. Start to assemble cabinets. Then take the bottom piece with the turntable (make sure the turntable is facing inwards), and attach that to the toe-kick side. The turntable piece should be attached to both of the boards now. Tighten all locks so the panels are secure.

3. Repeat assembly on remaining pieces. Now repeat a similar process with the remaining board with a toe kick. Attach a regular side panel to the toe kick board with glue. Secure and tighten the locks. Take this two-panel construction rotate it so that the toe kick panel is on the opposite side of the existing toe kick panel. Attach it to your previous 3-board piece. It should fit nicely. Tighten all locks once again.

4. Combine two pieces together. Now flip your assembly over so that the turntable piece is on the bottom with the turntable facing up. The toe kicks should provide a few inches of space underneath the turntable base. Apply glue to the edges of the back and then insert the thin piece and top corner piece.

5. Install face frames. Now you will apply glue on the borders/grooves of the face frames. Attach these to the opening of the cabinet and then tighten all screws and locks. Where the two face frames meet, you should install a screw with a screwdriver for security. Do the same on all joints where the two frames meet the panels.

6. Add height to cabinets. There should be two pieces of wood left that match the existing height of the toe kicks (these are short toe kicks). Position these onto the cabinet under the door and screw them in tightly. Now your cabinet should stand up easily with the toe kicks on the ground.

7. Assemble cabinet doors. The last thing to do is to put the cabinet doors together. Screw the hinges into the door openings. Add shelf clips and insert the second lazy Susan shelf in the middle of the cabinet. Make sure all is flush and that the lazy Susans are rotating correctly. Screw in corner braces on top of each corner.

How to Assemble Base Cabinets with Glue and Cam Locks

Assembling a base cabinet takes a bit more time and work than the basic wall cabinet assembly. With that being said, you can still get it done quickly and easily with just a few products. The instructions for assembling base cabinets are very similar to wall cabinets, with just a few added steps. All you need here is some wood glue and a screwdriver.

1. Prep for assembly. Open your box and separate all of the parts. Place the door and face frame facing down on a protected surface to start. Apply wood glue to the edges of the face frame, making sure to not apply too much. Make sure there is an ample amount of glue in the joints.

2. Assemble first few parts. Use a screwdriver to make sure the cam locks are in an open position on the side panels. Insert one of the wall side panels so that the male and female parts of the cam lock fit effortlessly. Repeat with the opposite side panel.

3. Assemble toe kick. You want to install the toe kick panel (bottom piece) with wood glue. It should fit into the grooves easily. Tighten all remaining locks.

4. Finish assembling pieces. Add glue to the dadoes (groove in the wood of the side panels). Add the back panel with the unfinished side facing out. It will fit into grooves nicely). Tighten all cam locks remaining and wipe off any excess glue. Move the cabinet so the face frame and door are facing the ceiling.

5. Assemble drawers. You will have four pieces and then the bottom (so 5 all together). Apply glue to the grooves of the front drawer piece. Add the two side boards by matching the grooves together. Then install the bottom of the drawer by sliding it into the grooves. Add the back of the drawer piece with glue. The grooves should match up nicely. Screw in the locking devices/clips. Then screw in the sockets. Slide in drawer slides. Now is a good time to install the shelf clips and place the shelf on top of them.

6. Insert drawers. Then it’s time to insert the drawer you assembled earlier. The box should fit smoothly in the drawer slides until you hear the locking mechanism “click”. Open and close the drawer a few times to make sure it works.

After assembling the base cabinets, you’ll probably want to install them. Measure the base cabinets and use a pencil and level to mark a line of the height point in the floor to the cabinet height. Use the stud finder to locate the studs and mark them accordingly. Fit your cabinet into place and check to make sure it is level. If so, predrill the top framing piece into the wall studs and secure with screws.