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    Refrigerator cabinet

    A4459A45-D353-4EC8-8243-3D4411F68902.jpgAnybody have any good ideas on building tall refrigerator cabinets.
    The last one I built I had to cut the pieces and build it in the house because it was 3 inches short of the ceiling so the crown moulding would catch in the right spot. I would have built it beforehand but you could not stand it up in the room.

    I’m sure you could build some kind of separate base I’m just trying to see how other people do it.
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    If you’re that close the ceiling , assembly on site is the only way to go.

    Even if your not close , transporting something that large is problematic and the benefits few.

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    The cabinet does not have to go all the way to the ceiling, just high enough to go behind the crown molding.
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    Our refrigerator cabinet has a left side panel that goes to the ceiling and attaches to the upper and lower cabinets to the left side of that panel. The over refrigerator cabinet attaches to the wall and to the tall panel on each side of it. Both tall panels go within 1/2" of the ceiling. The panels were cut to fit on site. The crown molding hides any gaps.
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    I would always do this the way others have described. The tall panels are built separate from any cabinetry in the same way that an applied end panel at the end of a cabinet run would typically be done.
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    If the ends are not exposed I've cut the back corners off to make the diagonals less that the ceiling height (hidden by a wall or base units)

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    Remember you have to leave room around the sides for air circulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    Remember you have to leave room around the sides for air circulation.
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    This is totally dependent on the fridge spec’d.

    Some vent from above or below and don’t need any room on the sides.

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    Yep, build it in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Sabo View Post
    This is totally dependent on the fridge spec’d.

    Some vent from above or below and don’t need any room on the sides.
    agree check the specs. Some have an oil cooler line on one side under the outer skin. unknown unless you know it is there.
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    I'd still not make the space too tight even if there is a top- or bottom-vented refrigerator currently because...appliance. They die. They get replaced. The next one may require a little more air flow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    I'd still not make the space too tight even if there is a top- or bottom-vented refrigerator currently because...appliance. They die. They get replaced. The next one may require a little more air flow.
    Top or bottom vent needs intake air from somewhere. My Mom's apartment around 1940 had a built in fridge with the compressor outside the building. Plenty of ventilation outside in the wind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    Top or bottom vent needs intake air from somewhere. My Mom's apartment around 1940 had a built in fridge with the compressor outside the building. Plenty of ventilation outside in the wind.
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    Um…………..yeh.
    They take it in from the top or the bottom.

    Which means they don’t need space on the sides for airflow.

    And that leads us right back to checkin the specs for your particular fridge instead of relying on a rule of thumb or a well intended posting on the interweb.

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    Think about how you might have to change the height when you replace the fridge. A replaceable top cabinet could work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bender View Post
    Think about how you might have to change the height when you replace the fridge. A replaceable top cabinet could work.
    This is good advice. We replace our fridge last year, and even though the new unit is the same height at the old one, the door hinges are about an inch higher, which interfers with opening the doors on the cabinet above the fridge. Stuck between deciding whether to move the existing cabinet up, cut the doors down a bit, or replace the cabinet with a new one, we haven't done anything yet.

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