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One of the most common forms of home extension in Wimbledon is having a kitchen extension done. One aspect of this could include replacing the worktops in the kitchen. While a kitchen installation Wimbledon specialist can do this, you may choose to do it yourself to save some money. Here are some tips for fitting a kitchen worktop.
Make sure that you wear proper personal protective equipment when doing any DIY work. For this job, we recommend wearing industry standard ear defenders, a dust mask, and protective glasses at the very least. Also, make sure that worktops are secured on stable platforms to prevent damage.
Remember that circular saws are very powerful tools. Circular saw blades rotate at incredible speeds which is why you must always hold them with two hands during use. The main danger with saws is that if it is held too lightly it may catch the timber and become a wheel, literally running up the worktop and potentially through the limbs and body of the person using it.
Don’t forget that you should never put your fingers underneath the worktop to move it while the circular saw is still in place. You don’t want to catch your fingers on the blade. With all of that said, let’s move on to the tips.
Kitchen Worktop Fitting Tips
- If you do use a circular saw then you must cut the worktop with the topside (the laminated/finished face) facing downwards; unless the saw is equipped with a track.
- Kitchen fitters Wimbledon always start their cuts at the edge that will be the final front edge after installing the worktop
- Straight cuts should be done with a sharp (fine cut) circular saw
- Use a straight piece of timber to create a straight edge the saw can run against
- Cut out curved sinks and hobs with jig saws with reversed teeth
- Ensure the Wimbledon kitchen worktop is secured and supported. It’s best to use two lengths of timber of a suitable thickness. Place them across a pair of trestles that the worktop will then be laid on top of. This gives you a stable platform and allows for the worktop to be fully supported no matter what interval it is cut at as long as the saw blade depth is minimized to prevent it cutting into the supporting timbers. Of course, the cut needs to be deep enough to go through the material of the worktop!
- Tips for Trimming and Sticking Laminate Edges
The first thing to do is cut a length of laminate edging to around the needed size. Leave a little extra room for a safety net that can be trimmed off. Stick the laminate strip into position with contact adhesive placed on both sides. Leave it to dry for 20 minutes and then clip off the waste material from the front and back edges with snips, leaving around of 1mm of material overhang. These edging strips are typically wider than the worktop so don’t worry as you’ll be trimming them off of the underside afterward. It’s important to ensure that the top of the edge of the strip is flush with the top of the laminate. With the help of a file, you can gently file away the excess material from the front edge and the back edge. The underside can be trimmed with a roller trimmer.
Given how complicated fitting a kitchen worktop is, not to mention the costs of the equipment and the risks involved, we’d still have to recommend bringing in the kitchen refurbishment Wimbledon professionals. If you’re determined to go the solo route then we hope you found these tips useful in cutting and installing your own kitchen worktops.
If you do decide to bring in the professionals then shop around to find a great deal for you. There are many kitchen fitters in Wimbledon that would be more than happy to do the work for you quickly and effectively.