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David Romero, Shreveport, Louisiana
Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Installation
2017 Ram 2500
2017 Cirrus 820
I wanted a medicine cabinet in my Cirrus 820’s wet bath. The medicine cabinet I purchased is molded plastic for the body and has stainless hinged hardware with a very strong magnetic closure. The shelves are plastic.
To install the medicine cabinet, I used 1-inch wide 3M VHB tape on the top and the bottom edge on the back of the unit. Then used 1/2-inch 3M VHB tape on both sides on the back.
The back outside edge was encircled. I cut the tape very tight to close the back to keep out any water penetration on the back side.
There are two shelves and four possible positions of adjustment. In the area on the back where a shelf could be pushed into contact with the back of the medicine cabinet (when realigning the shelf positions), I added a strip of 3M VHB tape. I did not want to give any flex to the back of the medicine cabinet.
I then cleaned the wall with some alcohol and proceeded in attaching the medicine cabinet to the wall. The 3M VHB tape is outstanding for holding the cabinet in place. Installed with the 3M VHB tape, the medicine cabinet is rock solid.
You can see in the bottom of the cabinet that I used a small Dremel and carved two long grooves. In three different spots I cut through the bottom with the cutting wheel. The dark spots on the grooves are the slots I cut. I wanted water to be able to drain out easily if there was any penetration.
I know it does not look like it in the picture, but the cabinet is only 3.375-inches from front to back. You will notice the shower bar sticks out further than the medicine cabinet. The cabinet also resides in an area that you cannot stand in.
Directly below this cabinet is a shelf type area about toilet height. In reality, this area is where the battery box is – with only outside access. This area is molded to cover that box and serves, I suppose, as a shelf.
The medicine cabinet is a great use of that space. It was a dead wall and now it doubles as an adjustable corner mirror and storage.
With the 3M VHB tape, this was a simple install. The new bathroom mirror and storage has been very useful. This medicine cabinet is perfect for a truck camper wet bath.
I think I paid about $55 dollars for the medicine cabinet. I installed it in less than an hour. It took more time for me to apply the 3M VHB tape to the back of the unit. I wanted it cut tight to seal the perimeter.
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