Measuring and installation

26.01.2019

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Stone worktop measuring and installation should be done with care. We gladly offer stone worktop measuring and installation services – these are available in most regions of Finland. You can also take care of the measurement and installation yourself; follow the instructions below.

Measuring

Before taking any measurements, we recommend obtaining the ground and dimensional drawings of your kitchen furniture.

Measure worktop lengths and widths; prepare a dimensional drawing. Consider the joint and installation allowances when determining worktop lengths. Length of an integral stone can be 2,400-3,000 mm depending on rock species; maximum length of a worktop with a cut-out is approx. 2,400 mm. Worktop seams must be placed in a manner fitting the frame.

In case of L- and U-shaped kitchens, angle rectangularity must be measured. Any such deviations must be mentioned in the ordering form.

Make sure that there is enough room for the sink in the lower cupboard set.

Mark to the drawing the distance between the sink or stove opening centre point and the worktop end or the opening’s starting point when measured from the worktop side. If necessary, also measure the distance between the opening and the side. Record the make and model number of sinks and stoves.

If you have kitchen furniture drawings at your disposal, mark the external dimensions of cupboard frames to the drawing as well.

Other openings, such as tap holes or radiator slots must be marked to the dimensional drawing as measured from both worktop end and side to the opening’s centre point. Indicate the opening sizes as well.

When measuring corner pieces, use of a standard angle template is recommended for measuring possible angle deviations. All of the deviations must be indicated in the dimensional drawing.

Dimensional drawings must be sent to the factory upon order submission.

Installation

After goods receipt, carry out a visual inspection of the package and worktops. The worktops must always be checked immediately after their arrival, even if installation is to take place later. It you should notice any transport damages, report these immediately. If worktops are damaged, note this in the consignment note.

First, check straightness of the installation base. Make the necessary cut-out for the sink in the sink cabinet. Move the worktops closer to the installation site; consider their optimal placement with a view of the installation order.

Worktops must be carried in the upright position; this ensures maximum stress endurance. When lifting worktops, take hold of worktop ends (avoid using edges of worktop openings).

Lift the worktop on top of the cupboard set in the vertical position. Push the worktop carefully towards the wall, while turning it gradually onto the side. Prevent worktop corner and edge collisions against the wall or another worktop, otherwise stone chipping may occur.  Be careful with opening edges and the surrounding areas – they are fragile and cannot take hard blows.

If worktop thicknesses vary, use metal or plastic sheets to level the worktop upper edges. Use sheets over the entire worktop length.

At stone worktop joints, sealing paste must be used. The paste is applied immediately before worktop joining into the lateral joint. Possible splatter can be removed after drying, for example, by utility knife.

Silicone paste may not be used between stone worktops and cupboard set frames. The paste may be used in the back plate/worktop joint. Small worktops bottom surfaces may be joined to cupboard set upper edge.

 


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