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How to Fit Kitchen Worktops

Kitchen worktops are very long and heavy so we recommend you get help in lifting them

Some kitchen worktops are also very expensive so to avoid any costly mistakes follow the golden rule:  Measure twice and cut once.

1. Place worktop onto base units push right up against the walls

2. Some walls will be uneven so you will need to scribe the shape of the wall onto the worktop

3. Measure the lenght of the worktop to be cut. Mark 40mm from the end of the base unit to the end of the worktop as your overlap-you have to    mark this line from underneath the worktop.

4. Lift worktop off base units and place on a suitable and secure surface for cutting

5. Use a sharp saw or jigsaw to cut your straight marked line (Safety-wear eye protection and a mask)

6. Use the edging strip supplied to cover the end cut

7. Position edging strip over the end and trace round the shape-cut off excess and glue onto cut end of worktop-remove any burrs with a file

8. You can use finishing strips to join two ends of worktop together-screw to cut ends of work top and push against smooth face

9. Screw the worktop onto base from underneath



How to Adjust Kitchen Drawers and Runners

Sometimes your kitchen drawer may lean to one side making it almost impossible to close. In this case you need to align the drawer runners which are the metal fixings that make the drawer slide in and out with ease.

This is a simple process if done correctly;

1. Remove the drawer by pulling out and lifting up and out at the end of the runners

2. Measure and mark the old position of the runners

3. If replacing the runners then mark the position of the new runners onto the side of the base where the new runners would go

4. Use a spirit level to mark the position of the runners.

5. Mark the position of the holes then drill pilot holes for the screws using a very small wood drill bit to make a very small “starting hole” or mark

for the screw

6. Screw in the runners-Insert the drawer and test

Hard to Reach Screws

If you have to get a screw into a tricky position, take a piece of masking tape and push the screw through it with the sticky side face up. Then insert the screwdriver blade into the screw slot and fold the masking tape up to stick the screw to the blade. The screw is then held in position on the driver and can be inserted upside down and at ant angle. If possible it is much easier to start the screw off, if you can make a small pilot hole somehow.  

Keeping Clean

Sometimes dust sheets are more trouble than they are worth. They hide tools, get snagged up in your feet and all the time are pulling away from the edges which are getting dirty as a result. Sometimes, whatever liquids you are using soak through the dustsheet and make a mess anyway. If you are involved in a messy project which may take some time, investigate the cost of placing some hardboard over the surface you are protecting. Hardboard is cheap, can be cut or sawn easily around door frames, fireplaces etc and the joints can be taped together. It gives you a solid surface to work on, does not fold under your feet and will accommodate a few paint spills without worry !




Always a good idea to have a magnet in your tool box. Small screws and pins can easily be dropped but can be difficult to see on carpets etc. Pass over the area with a magnet.


Title: Taking Notes

During most jobs you will need to take quite a few measurements and if you are anything like us you will be writing them on bits of timber and boxes of screws. It all gets a bit confusing and can even get lost on a larger job…Keep a small roll if masking tape in your pocket and write measurements etc on that. Tear off that measurement and stick it on the doorframe, window, toolbox etc near where you need it. Simple stuff like this that makes life so much easier.





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