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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

There is a code of common sense (which is no longer common).

Then there is the code of workman-like manner which at times fails the test. 

Then there is the code of liability/injury to anyone standing near the cabinets who may not be aware of the impending avalanche of food and cabinetry. 

May 02, 2021 09:04 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Observation of the shelves are actually what is needed.
Notice the bowing indicating these cabinest are not constructed of the super strong contemporary materials that simply does not sag. 
The old Miami-Dade codes, which have been greatly ammended by counties and cities, state that anything expected to contain 100 lbs including its own weight must be mounted on a loald bearing wall (aka 16 inch centers instead of 25 inch).
I would imagine nails would not be the preferred means of attachment.
The good news is reports of upper cabines falling upon unsuspecting occupants is greatly exagerated. But let Fauci know and he'll have a new health hazard to run with.


May 02, 2021 08:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

These folks need a new home with more cabinets.

May 02, 2021 09:01 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Wait! There's still some empty space.  Time to add more to the top cabinets 😉

May 02, 2021 09:57 AM
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

Not sure about building codes, but if you use cabinet screws into studs, you'll be fine, and most likely, will be up to all codes.

Cabinet screws have very high shear strength, so each screw can withstand hundreds of pounds.

May 02, 2021 08:36 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I don't know the answer to that but I'd suspect your state board of contractors would have a set of 'workmanship standards' for such things!


May 02, 2021 08:03 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes they will. Happened to us, unbeknownst to us when we bought.

CRASH!!! one evening and then 5 months later, a brand new kitchen. 

It never occured to us to verify the cabinets were secured by screws vs. nails.

May 02, 2021 10:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Not good,   They better do something.


May 02, 2021 09:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have no idea.  Our cabinets wer installed by a licensed professional.  A

May 02, 2021 09:47 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hahahahaha, eventually the shelves will collapse

May 02, 2021 11:43 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

In the 'old days' that's how they did it with some nasty ass 4" nails. 60 years later they are still up there. I think it also matters what kind of cabinet you have.

May 02, 2021 11:36 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I predict a loud crash in the middle of the night if this is not addressed...

May 02, 2021 10:22 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Of course, anything is possible. Just because I have never heard of a cabinet falling off of a wall does not mean that it has not happened and will not happen in the future.

May 02, 2021 12:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

From the sounds of things I also predict a loud crash..I do not believe our inspectors check for this but maybe they should.

May 02, 2021 04:10 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

They should be screwed, but I'm not sure it's "code" in our area.

May 02, 2021 02:55 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Priced right SOLD.

May 03, 2021 10:32 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Code or no code it needs to be fixed. I don't know what code requires but surely there are recommendations. How many nails did he put in the cabinet? It also needs to be secured to something solid and not just the drywall. I hope you're able to help this lady.

May 03, 2021 06:12 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Wow, a serious safety issue, especially for a small child.

May 03, 2021 05:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

As Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist mentions, common sense should prevail. At that would say that nails will not hold up cabinets and all their contents for long.

May 03, 2021 05:10 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When in doubt, use the drill and some screws. The alternative is prayer

May 03, 2021 04:30 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If they are not sagging or separating from the wall with that much weight then they will probably be fine.

May 02, 2021 07:11 PM