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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:57 pm 
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You know what they say about tiling.......great grouting can disguise a 5hit tiling job. So to speak, and many do look 5hit before being grouted, even if they are spot on. Floor looks real nice.

Get the undersides of the worktops oiled and the ends. Finish with a light rub down with wire wool as this leaves a super smooth finish.

Don't forget to backfill between the underside of the worktop and the sink with silicone. Bit late but it is better to have a good overhang so that a drip groove can be put into the underside of the worktop.

Overall the jobs looking good and coming along nicely. Great to see you left the larder in place and weren't tempted to knock it down.


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Thanks.

The larder is just such a big space that it just made sense. There's also the tricky boarding on the ceiling in that corner where the stairs turn upstairs so it was always in the plan for it to stay.

Had a good evening at it today.

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We realised tonight that the tall cupboard that the fridge/freezer sits in isn't deep enough so we'll need to take the back out. :-(

The worktop has had 3 coats of oil now and the colour is looking good. Just a few more to go! We'll be ready to power up the ring main this weekend all being well.


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It's all coming together now. We're down to the fiddly bits like handles, cornices and level up the doors!

We got the corner worktop out first thing for a few coats underneath before cutting the whole for the socket and putting back in with silicon.

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All if the fronts are on around the "island" section.

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Drawers are in beside the cooker. That was fun screwing the runners into 300mm units. In the end the mrs went out and fetched me a £20 electric screwdriver that was small enough to get in! Lol. Best twenty quid I've ever spent!

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And the fridge/freezer is in!

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It's actually been in twice. :-/ After fiddling around with all of the fixings and levelling everything up it was in and looking good. The mrs opened the fridge door and read a note that was taped onto a shelf. It read; "ensure you have removed transport packing from around the pump before switching on!".............. So out it came again so that the small block of polystyrene could be removed. Ooooops! :-)


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aaaaaaaaaaaaah....reminds me of my Mum, didn't remove the transit bolts from the new washing machine...

It was fine till it got to the spin cycle... :oops:

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Whenever I've made up 300mm flat pack units, I've read the instructions very carefully and attached drawer runners/hinges, before the final assembly of the unit. Even my impact driver struggles to get into these small units.
Just say, it's looking bloody great there PJ. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:



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Whenever I've made up 300mm flat pack units, I've read the instructions very carefully and attached drawer runners/hinges, before the final assembly of the unit. Even my impact driver struggles to get into these small units.
Just say, it's looking bloody great there PJ. :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:



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Thanks John.

The units came pre-assembled. :-(

And to make it worse, the deep pan drawers at the bottom were new units so the pilot holes on the cupboards needed moving. I felt like a contortionist doing those. In the end I opted for measuring and fixing the from of the rails and then using a spirit level to level the rail and mark the back hole. All good fun lol


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Sorry PJ,. just realised from previous photo's they were from Howdens (should have known as I've just fitted the new staff kitchen out at work with them) :wink: :wink:
My impact driver just fits into 300mm units, but my drill doesn't (at least not with a drill bit in it ) :lol: :lol:


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Did you put barrier foil or paper above the appliances, like john said las page.

It is essential the wood is evenly acliamitized to the room and the weather, a heat generating appliance will dry ou the area above faster than the rest causing splits and warping.

Doing a good job there, do like the detail in the curved island :thumbright:


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Under cupboard lights are in, all handles are on and the tiling has begun!

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Looks absolutely brilliant, you must be chuffed....and pretty tired.



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Thanks dan.

Yes we are really happy with it.

Had a minor disaster last night. The washing machine door hasn't been fitted until last night as we needed the hinge hole drilling. We fitted it last night and yep - you guessed it; not back far enough :-(

After lots of swearing and cursing and holes in backs of cupboards it's now far enough back. The issue (thankfully) wasn't with the fixed cold feed piping but with the washer hoses clashing with the water pipe. A few cable ties and a bit of a jiggle and it's now sorted. ;-)


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Integrated washing machines, have been a problem for me in the past. I can't understand why non of the manufacturers have thought about making them a bit less deep than stand alone washing machines? Should be fairly easy for the major manufacturers to shave that few extra centimetres off the depth. Lots of integrated appliances can suffer from depth problems. The last dishwasher I fitted had literally 15mm between the back and the wall. I had to alter the plumbing to get it back far enough (plumber had put the feed in for it, where the customer assumed he needed it) :wink: :wink:


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It does surprise how big they are at the back. I've never stripped one down so I could be wrong but I think it's purely about making the drum capacity as big as possible so it sounds good on the spec sheet.

Hey ho! It's in now. It does move quite a bit though. Apparently I should have fixed it in place with L brackets. I'll have another look tonight. :-)


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Washing machines do jump about a bit on the spin cycle depending on how the load is stacked. It is important to get the adjacent cabinets fixed to the wall as vibrations could cause movement. Try and get the machine as level as possible which is a bit tricky with those bloody adjustable feet.

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