BrooklynRowHouse wrote:The best base for hanging cabinets is 3/4" A/C plywood. You can lagbolt it directly to the brick or, if you need some space for wiring, you can lag 2x2s to the brick and screw the plywood to that. Bricks walls are rarely flat and plumb so you can have a miserable time trying to hang a bunch of flush cabinets directly to it. The plywood gives you a flat base.
If you need to run something like a vent pipe up the roof, I think it's better to build a box around it so you don't kick out a whole wall 4+" just to accommodate a 2" diameter pipe.
This guy already has plaster over the bricks. It'll be about as flat as anything can get in an old house. I'm not kidding, just cut trenches for the wire. You may need to be a bit "creative" with the plumbing but I'm wondering why there has to be water run in the walls at all. Stubbing the supplies up through the floor and inside the base cabinets means you can see them if they should ever leak.
The plywood is a great idea for exposed brick but it's really not that essential for plaster over brick. The extra 2 1/4 inches, give or take, from the 2x2 firring and the plywood could be much easier to hide than doing stud walls and sheet rock. If it were just wire he was worried about he could go with 1x2 firring strips and keep it even less obvious. A good trim carpenter could just about make that extra depth invisible. It's still alot of extra work and trouble if the walls are already flat. At least he wouldn't have to sheet rock an entire room.
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