To simplify things a bit, we have divided our levelers into 4 categories
This installer is adjusting the "front" levelers. However, in order to reach the "rear" levelers you must crawl under the cabinets. Very slow and somewhat frustrating.
We found this way of leveling very slow, but we did manage to get them fairly level, although this system is not as precise as some others.
oh and by the way... be careful. If you try to move this cabinet, you must pick it up and move it, because those legs will shear off with any lateral movement.
This installer is adjusting the "REAR" levelers. It's a snap using the EZ-Level System. One man can laser level an entire kitchen in only a few minutes because all four levelers are accessible through two small access holes (just behind the toe-kick). Once the toe-kicks are put into place the levelers and access holes are completely hidden.
The levelers are incredibly precise and super fast. While leveling cabinets using the other systems were a bit frustrating at times... the EZ-Level system is actually addictive. I actually leveled, unleveled and releveled a whole row of cabinets just so I could do it again! (now THATS something you don't hear of everyday)!
One more thing: BONUS. When it comes to cabinet installation and leveling there are many factors which take up the installers time. Having to "move" a cabinet or two during installation is something that happens all too frequently.
One very cool feature with the EZ-Level system is that you can actually MOVE the cabinets around the room AFTER their leveled up... slide it around the room if you like and when you set them back into place they are still PERFECTLY LEVEL ! IMPOSSIBLE with any other system!
Adjusting through toe-kick
Operator in front of cabinet
Adjusting from inside of cabinet
Operator inside of cabinet
Adjusting from under cabinet
Operator underneath of cabinet
Adjusting from under cabinet
Operator underneath of cabinet
Choices #2, #3, #6 and #5 all work in a similar fashion. Access holes must be drilled inside the cabinets and an adjusting tool is used to adjust the levelers.
Here are the drawbacks for any leveler in this class:
1. If given the choice, few people would want holes in their new cabinets and those little plastic "plugs" look cheezy and tend to pop out as things are moved around inside the cabinets.
2. (as in #2,3 and 6) Getting the Allen wrench and/or the screwdriver through the hole and onto the levelers (seems easy) but is very tedious. Most of your time is spent trying to keep the wrench/driver on the unit. (having said that... our #3 pic is a bit easier than our #2 pick in this instance).
*** #5 does takes care of this problem with a much smarter design.
3. These levelers require two men One man adjusting... while the other is looking at the level line. That not only "doubles" the man hours (automatically)... but the whole process slows down because precision cabinet leveling is all about micro-adjustments which can be difficult to convey and execute.
Some may wonder why we even included shims in our test. We felt it necessary because so many people think that shimming cabinets is ok. It's NOT.
1). Shimming is the most madning of ALL methods. Its extreemly slow!
2). Worse, shims are very unstable. Over time they will actually move out of place due to expansion and contraction because they are not attached in any way whatsoever.
EZ Level Versus Shims
For many years, home improvement contractors and do-it-yourselfers have struggled with mounting and leveling cabinets. In the kitchen or bath, the process of leveling cabinets tends to be a time-consuming, frustrating chore. One of the traditional methods to level cabinets is by using shims. Shims have many drawbacks and can lead to problems down the line. Inventor and home improvement professional Brooks Courtney developed the EZ-Level system to overcome the problems associated with shimming cabinets. The result is an easy-to-adjust cabinet leveling system that turns a difficult chore into a quick task, with perfect results every time.
Despite appearances, the walls and floors of an average home are anything but level. Any warping of the wall studs and floor joists can lead to an out-of-plumb condition. This slight warping is not a structural issue, but it presents challenges to those who are tasked with installing cabinets.
Shims have been used for decades as a means of leveling kitchen and bathroom cabinets during installation. Typically, the shims are made from thin, wedge-shaped strips of wood. Some shims may be made of plastic or engineered materials. The shims are stacked under the base of each cabinet to counteract any out-of-plumb conditions of the walls and floors. Then, the cabinets are screwed into place.
There are several problems associated with using shims. First, each cabinet must be treated as a separate component. Each cabinet must be leveled and hung one at a time, leading to a time-consuming effort that may take hours; a full set of kitchen cabinets may take installers all day to complete. Another problem with shims is the nature of the material they’re made of. The wood used to make shims is often of low quality and tends to be soft. The wood absorbs moisture from the air in the home, causing the shims to swell and contract with changing environmental conditions. Both temperature and humidity can affect the shims. When the shims swell or contract, they can cause the cabinets to shift. Over time, the shifting can lead to expensive and unsightly cracking of kitchen counters, especially natural stone and engineered stone surfaces.
The EZ-Level Cabinet Leveling Solution
Contractors tired of the hassles and problems associated with shims needed a solution. When Brooks Courtney and EZ-Level introduced the company’s revolutionary innovative cabinet leveling system
, it transformed the industry almost overnight. This easy-to-use system takes advantage of a “class one” lever, here represented as a small cam on the body of each leveler. The leveling system is adjusted using a fine-threaded adjusting rod. The adjusting rods offer incredible precision, rendering the cabinets perfectly level and ready to receive countertop surfaces.
system addresses out of plumb conditions on both the floor and the walls of any room where cabinets are being installed. The cabinets are mounted to one another, creating one unit, much like a piece of furniture. Cabinet installers and DIYers can now mount and level this each cabinet “bank”, rather than having to hang and level each component separately. Obviously, this saves a tremendous amount of time and effort. The EZ-Level system makes the leveling process a task that takes minutes instead of hours.