- Kitchen worktops: What happens during a kitchen worktop template? (Part 1)
- Kitchen worktops: What happens during the worktop cutting process? (Part 2)
- Kitchen worktops: What happens when fitting kitchen worktops? (Part 3)
1) On arrival at the property the first course of action is to to assess the route of entry to ensure there are no obstructions and the worktop can be brought safely inside. This would first have been checked during planning, and again during the worktop template to ensure the worktops will fit.
But entry points are re-checked as frequently furniture, chairs, or even bicycles might since have appeared; these must all be vacated before the worktops can be brought inside. The fitters will also assess the kitchen space and only bring the worktops in when certain everything is as it should be and it is safe to do so.
2) The starting point is usually the worktop with the most points of contact, i.e. walls, tall units and joins. This piece of worktop is placed in its intended position, and the same is then done for all other worktop pieces.
3) Picture no. 1 below shows the worktops being put roughly into their places. Following this there may be some adjustments needed to allow all joints and points to meet correctly. In this example, the outside edge of the worktop on the right in picture no. 2 (the piece with the sink cut-out) overextended slightly. This meant that rather than meet the join at the opposite end, it pushed the joint away. The solution for this was to grind down a small worktop section (picture 3) to allow the movement necessary for the two joins to closely meet. The fitters can then make sure the overhangs and distances all around the surface are correct. This process of checking the overhangs and meeting points is meticulously repeated throughout every step undertaken. However whilst the worktops come together at joints, there might be a slight difference in their heights as shown in picture no. 4. But this is to be expected at this stage and will be resolved at a later point in the process.
4) The fitters will next secure the sink in place. With the sink on top an integrated frame within the kitchen unit, it is eased into its optimal position within the worktop’s sink cut out. The worktops are lifted and silicone is applied around the lip of the sink.
The worktop is then put back down and adjusted until it is finally in place. Any excess silicone around the edges will be removed and tidied with a Fugi tool, giving a neat finish to the silicone edge.
5) The worktops are left a while to allow the silicon to set. Once this is done the worktops are all lifted and silicone is applied around the furniture carcasses and batons on the wall where the tops sit. Once set this is what secures the worktops in place, but for now it still allows movement while the worktop fitting process continues.
6) To determine any height differences between different pieces of worktop, the fitters run a Stanley blade back and forth over the joins. If the blade catches, this is indication that a worktop piece is protruding and not level.
Packers and wedges are applied, which raise the tops where needed, helping to level them. This process is repeated throughout the entire worksurface area.
7) Next, the fitters use a product called ‘Akemi’ to join the worktops. This comes in a variety of colours, which are blended to create the optimal colour for the joint in question. Once mixed with a hardener, this is generously applied to an area where the worktops will join. Any excess is removed and again the flat surface of a Stanley blade is used to create a joint that runs level with the worktops.
8) This process is repeated for all joins. Once the Akemi has set (which doesn’t take long at all) Acetone is applied to the area. This helps clean the surface and makes the excess silicone easier to remove, which is done with cloths and a blade.
9) Once this is completed all final checks are made of the measurements, joins and sealed edges. If the hob is on site this will be offered into place to ensure it will fit and that there are no discrepancies around the cut out for this appliance. If not a precise fit, slight adjustments will be made on site. Similar applies for the location of tap holes which can be checked and drilled on site.
10) All worktops are given one last clean and it is then recommended that the worktops remain unused and touched for 4-6 hours to allow everything to fully set.
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