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The perfect clamps for installing kitchen cabinets

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Well-used locking Vise-Grip clamps

I've owned this pair of giant locking Vise-Grip clamps for more than 25 years, and I can't tell you how useful it is when it comes to installing kitchen cabinets. (The real name is Vise-Grip 18-in. Locking C-Clamps w/Swivel Pads.) This pair of clamps can get into areas no other pair can reach. I use them to hold cabinet stiles perfectly aligned while I drill and screw them together. Because of the clamps' deep reach, you don't even have to take off the cabinet doors when you're installing a whole kitchen's worth of cabinets. That saves lots of time. But I use them for all kinds of other clamping tasks too—it's amazing how often I need that deep reach. They cost about $30. You can find a pair at 7corners.com by searching for "VG-18SP."


At wprk installing kitchen cabinets

Travis Larson, Senior Editor


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      Looks like a great tool.  I will be gettings a couple to ad to my large collection of clamps.  it will most likely retire a few of them.

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