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Video:How to Install a Pull Handle on a Cabinet

with Debbie Anderson

Find out how to install a pull handle on a cabinet in just a few simple steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Install a Pull Handle on a Cabinet

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. Installing a handle on a cabinet drawer that doesn't already have one doesn't have to be a difficult task. So today, I'm going to show you how to install a new pull handle on a cabinet drawer in a just a few easy steps.

Tools Needed to Install a Pull Handle on a Cabinet

For this task, you will need a measuring tape, a power drill, a 5/32 inch drill bit, a new cabinet pull handle with a screw, a #2 pencil, and a Flat Head screwdriver.

Prepare the Work Space

First, remove the contents from inside the cabinet drawer so you have plenty of room to work.

Next, hold the new handle up to the finished surface on the face of the cabinet drawer to get a rough idea of where you want the handle to go and make a small mark with a #2 pencil near the top of the pull handle on the finished surface of the cabinet drawer.

Measure Where the Pull Handle Will Go

Then, measure the distance between the top of the handle and the center of the screw hole on the back of the pull handle. Measure and mark this distance from the first mark you just made to mark the approximate location where you want the screw to go through the face of the cabinet drawer.

Next, to make sure the pull handle will be located in the center of the finished surface on the cabinet drawer, measure the width of the finished surface on the cabinet drawer and place a small pencil mark that runs horizontal to the screw mark you just made, only this time at the exact center of the finished surface side of the cabinet drawer.

Erase the other two pencil marks you made so that the mark you just made in the center of the drawer is the only pencil mark left on the finished surface side of the cabinet drawer.

Drill a Hole

After securing a 5/32 inch drill bit to the power drill, carefully drill a small pilot hole straight through the face of the cabinet drawer until the bit goes all the way through all of the wood cabinet pieces and pokes out through the interior side of the cabinet drawer.

Attach Pull Handle

Next, align the pull handle with the pilot hole on the front of the cabinet drawer's finished surface and then slide the screw for the pull handle through the interior side of the drawer so that it screws into the backside of the pull handle on the face of the cabinet drawer.

Tighten the Pull Handle to Secure It

Use your Flat Head Screwdriver to tighten the screw into the backside of the pull handle just until it starts to feel snug.

Return Contents to Cabinet Drawer

Then, double check the alignment of the pull handle on the front of the finished cabinet drawer surface. If it looks okay, go ahead and tighten down the screw the rest of the way so that the handle is tightly secured to the face of the cabinet drawer.

Finally, return the contents to the cabinet drawer and close the cabinet drawer using the pull handle.

And with a few supplies from your local hardware store, installing a new pull handle on your kitchen cabinets is a breeze. Thank you for watching. To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com.

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