Installing heavy kitchen wall cabinets by yourself can be a dangerous juggling act. With the aid of a scissor jack, it’s easy to keep them plumb and level long enough to install them. First set the base cabinets. This leaves you with a working surface. Next, lay out level and plumb lines on the wall for the upper cabinets. Place a piece of scrap plywood on the top of the base cabinet and set the jack on the plywood. Then predrill the uppers for the stud layout, set the cabinet on the jack and crank it into position.
To protect the casework from scratches, attach a 12-in. square piece of 3/4-in. plywood to the bottom and top of the jack with countersunk flathead screws, and cover the plywood with carpet scraps. I fitted my jack sleeve with an old hole-saw arbor so that I can raise and lower the jack with my electric drill.
Ron DeLaurentis, North Aurora, IL