Well, the wall surface devices are up, the base systems are fitted as well as you’re probably stood there, devices at the ready and also munching at the little bit to fit your new worktops. You can now shout back into the living-room, “We’ll see who’s bloody worthless”. After that throughout the day, throw in a couple of those old DIY-disaster favourites; “Rome wasn’t constructed in a day y’ know” and also “when you’re a nit-picker it takes a bit longer than common”.

It’s likewise helpful to add a couple of technical terms that nobody else will understand yet will make you look excellent – as in “The wall shapes are misaligned yet I can navigate that”. These may have the preferred impact and permit you to reclaim some semblance of respect from your family – in either case you have my sympathies as well as I hope that by reading this next write-up your troubles will certainly soon more than.

The devices to utilize

Worktops are available in a variety of products however, for this short article I shall be focusing on the installment of laminate tops as they are the most widely utilized. For materials such as, granite, corian and stainless steel that are fitted by experts, this will certainly be a valuable recommendation, as templating is needed for them all and also a lot of the rules for the fitting of laminate tops will certainly be suitable.

Below are the devices you will need for the installation of laminate tops


  • jigsaw
  • Round saw
  • Airplane or Electric planer
  • Mix Square
  • 2 Saw Steeds
  • Clamps
  • Worktop Template (for Mitres).
  • 1/2 inch Router as well as straight blade.
  • Masking Tape 50mm broad.
  • Silicone Sealer of a finest match colour.
  • 10mm spanner.
  • Worktop bolts.
  • File.
  • Varnish or PVA Adhesive (for cut-outs).
  • Tape.
  • Pencil.
  • Compass.
  • Tin of call adhesive.
  • Safety wear (safety glasses, dust mask etc.).

Measure up!

It is essential to preserve an even overhang from the front edge of the cupboards as well as this is the target to go for in the proper installation of all worktops. As an example, a 600mm worktop ought to overhang a 560mm cupboard by 40mm. It may not always be possible to attain perfection in this respect and + or – 5mm is acceptable. For the objective of this short article I will certainly think a three-sided application that needs two worktop joints is required.

Decide initially which method the joints ought to run. Keep in mind at this stage to avoid joint distance to a sink anywhere possible. Each worktop must be cut 50mm oversize and, when thinking about the 20mm overhang needed at the end of the cabinets, you need to add 70mm to overall cabinet size.

Making certain an even overhang.

Next task is to scribe the worktop to fit the elevation to which it is to be installed. You must initially scribe the deepness (front to back) if fitted up against a wall surface. Bear in mind initially to examine you have an even overhang along its length as well as if at this stage if the overhang is above what is needed due to disproportion along the wall surface size, don’t fret, this will certainly be taken care of next.

To scribe the worktop, I locate quartz suppliers that a compass provides the best results, especially the older type metal one with a lengthy unhampered factor. You may acquire them at a great stationers but I locate they are best acquired from your children’s pencil situation. Masking tape will show vital if your worktop is a dark colour yet I apply it each time now despite the shade as I discover that when cutting along a pencil line used straight to the work top, the sawdust given off by the jigsaw has a tendency to remove the line.

So the worktop is in area with an even overhang as well as you have applied concealing tape along the depth to be scribed. You have to currently open the compasses pencil and also point to match the largest void in between the worktop and also wall. Transfer this to the worktop by running the compass along the wall surface maintaining it parallel thus leaving a pencil line on the masking tape. You are currently left with the shape of the wall surface transferred to the worktop and also this should be reduced with a jigsaw unless it is so minimal that an aircraft will suffice.

Certainly all the above can be overlooked if your wall surfaces are relatively straight and also flush however in my experience this is a rarity as well as your own reasoning will certainly tell you whether the space left is acceptable or otherwise. My very own yardstick for a wall to worktop optimum gap would be no greater than 3mm.

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