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Old 03-03-2016, 10:43 AM   #1
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Question Cabinets? Screwing into floor?

Hey all,

I have a Keystone Summerland 1800BH and need to screw some cabinetry into the flooring. I am trying desperately to find any measurements or info on the flooring of my trailer so I know what type and length of screws to use.

We had the dealer remove the Queen bed from the front of the trailer, and we are going to permanently attach a desk to the floor where it was (this is a mobile office for my gf). I just don't have enough information on what to use to attached it to the floor, and the dealer wants $1000 to screw in 2 pieces of wood (20" long) into the floor... so, I'm trying to handle this myself (and with a friend who is a carpenter).
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Measure pieces of wood cut to the inside length of the cabinet. Screw the 'cleats' into the floor with multiple screws, then place the cabinet over the cleats and put screws into the cabinet sides into the cleats. You can then hide the screws in the cabinet side with base board molding. I'd think screws into the floor plywood or particle board should anchor everything adequately, it doesn't need to be screwed through into the metal cross braces.
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The flooring will likely be 5/8" thick.
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plywood etc.

unfortunately screws don;t do well in plywood pr particle board.

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unfortunately screws don;t do well in plywood pr particle board.

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Most all the forces on the screws holding in the floor is sideways, not straight pulling out of the plywood. If it's a real concern and you're sure the cabinet is going to be in that spot forever, a bit of construction adhesive with the screws will make a very secure assembly, probably stronger than the cabinet or desk it's holding.
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Yup, a little glue goes a long way. I'd do some math before buying screws. I wouldn't want screws that go through the plywood or osb board and into a pipe or wire or something. Like Bob said above laterally you'll be okay. And using the cleat method (if you can) is the best way to go.
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Most all the forces on the screws holding in the floor is sideways, not straight pulling out of the plywood. If it's a real concern and you're sure the cabinet is going to be in that spot forever, a bit of construction adhesive with the screws will make a very secure assembly, probably stronger than the cabinet or desk it's holding.

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