kitchen worktops

20 Apr 2014
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United Kingdom
I am going to replace my kitchen laminated worktop, i bought a pro-joint system. I will have to cut out for hob & s/s sink. Any tips?
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Get the dimensions of the cutouts from the installation instructions. Usually there is a tolerance, e.g. 480mm +5 -0.

Using a square mark out the cutout on the worktops - draw with a pencil so that it can be rubbed off if needs be. Draw the maximum and minimum dimensions - you can then aim to cut between them. Check the diagonals are the same length, if not, then your cutout will not be square.

Check underneath the proposed cut lines - there may be supporting brackets which could play hell with your jig-saw.

Finally, re-check you dimensions a couple of times, so you don't end up scrapping the worktop. Drill a small hole at two diagonally opposite corners to insert the jigsaw blade - the hole should be just tangential to the cut lines.

Make the cuts slowly with a jigsaw, you will generate a fair bit of dust so be prepared for a mess. You might want to wear ear-plugs, eye protection and a dust mask while you are cutting.

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