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A Bunnings team member measuring the position of the water pipes.

Overview

Make some extra storage space in your laundry and install a cabinet. We'll show you how to measure and cut holes for the water and drain pipes. You'll also see how to attach the cabinet to the wall.

Steps

1Measure the position of the water pipes

Measure where the water pipes come into the back of the cabinet. Start by measuring up from the floor and then across from the wall. Then measure and mark where the electrical wires go through the back of the cabinet. Remember to make sure these wires are disconnected while you are working.
A Bunnings team member measuring the position of the water pipes.

2Cut the pipe holes in the laundry cabinet

Transfer the measurements from the wall to the cabinet, measuring up from the floor. Mark out the centre point for each pipe. Select a hole saw to fit each pipe, then cut out the holes at your marks. When you drill the hole for the electrical wires make sure the size is small enough for the power socket to cover it.

Cutting the pipe holes in the laundry cabinet with a hole saw.

3Measure and cut a hole for the drain pipe

Measure and mark where the drainage pipe will come up through the base of the cabinet. Mark out the centre point on the base. Now select a hole saw piece to fit and cut out with your drill.  
Cutting out a hole for the drain pipe with a drill and hole saw.

4Attach the cabinet to the wall

Put your cabinet in position with the pipes coming through each of the holes. Use your stud finder to locate the studs in the wall, then drill some pilot holes through the backboard into the stud. Now you can screw the cabinet to the wall.
Screwing the cabinet to the wall.

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