Tips for connecting kitchen worktops
Two kitchen worktops collide, for example, in a corner
Connection via dowels
If the plates collide in an area that is not exposed to pressure from above, it is sufficient to glue the two plates together. The method is suitable if two slabs are to be connected side by side or mitred over a corner.
The two slabs are joined by lamellas, ie thin surface dowels and waterproof white glue. To precisely position the lamellas, a milling cutter and a template are required. To prevent water from penetrating the plates, the joint is sealed with silicone.
Connecting kitchen worktops with strips
If the connection is to ensure load-bearing capacity, it is advisable to stick a ten-centimeter-wide strip to the underside of one of the plates. which survives five centimeters. On the supernatant, the fitter sticks the second plate. This method leaves a slightly wider joint, since the kitchen countertops are difficult to press together.
The bar provides stability, but interferes with the visible edge area. In addition, the bottom of the plate is uneven through the bar. Therefore this method is not always possible.
Connecting with threaded rods and screws
This method is also not always possible, but leads to a smooth surface with only a very thin butt joint. Tabs are required to press the plates together over nuts that sit on the threaded rods. These sit at the bottom of the plates. Adhesive and sealant in the butt joint ensure absolute watertightness. The only downside to this process is the external tabs and threaded rods on the underside.
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Board Connectors Are the Best Solution
Special kitchen plate fasteners are by far the best solution. These elements connect the plates via threaded rods, but these are embedded in the worktop. Milling cutters and templates are required for this assembly. The connectors provide for a firm pressure of the plates against each other and give the connection firm hold. The assembly takes place in similar steps as with external threaded rods. The tightness is ensured by the adhesive and sealant between the two plates.
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