- Replacing with plastic countertops
Choosing a plastic laminate as your countertop can easily reduce expenses by almost 50% because plastic is one of the most adaptable surfaces to work with.
Getting your measurements right
Plan and sketch your kitchen space before taking measurements. It becomes easier if you opt for one inside corner instead of fixing a U shaped counter. As you take measurements from the back wall to the cabinet edges, it is important to create additional 3/4? space so that you can fix overhangs, and don’t forget to add a couple of extra inches in free standing areas as this gives you the space to trim the counter for the perfect fit. When you decide the depth of the bottom cabinets, leave additional 1/2? space so that overhangs can be adjusted in front of the drawers.
- Countertops would be around 3/4” deep, so use readymade build up strips to elevate them over the cabinets.
- Use Miter bolts to join the corner sections first.
- Center the kitchen sink and back it away from the cabinet front.
- To ensure the sink fits perfectly flip it over, trace the rim and drill smaller holes.
- Using masking tape to define the edges, cut the countertop using a razor sharp handsaw.
- Use 1-1/2” steel anchors to support the countertop and screw the countertop and cabinets with 5/8” number 8 screws to get a firmer fit.
- Fixing your kitchen cabinets
The DIY kitchen cabinet is an essential component of a well-designed and organized kitchen that could save you thousands of dollars in labor expenses. Seamless frame cabinets may be a bit expensive but they add glamor and modernity to your kitchen.
Planning and execution tips
- Ensure that the plumbing and electrical works are completed and the walls are smooth and the flooring is undamaged before installing the kitchen cabinet.
- Confirm that your appliances fit comfortably within the cabinet frame by adding at least 1/4” buffer space when you demarcate the standard cabinet size of around 34-1/2”.
- Ensure that the range hood is correctly spaced to ventilate the kitchen.
- Take your time fixing the corner cabinet first so that the remaining cabinets fall into place perfectly.
- Next align the kitchen sink before proceeding to the adjoining cabinet modules.
- Use helper boxes to align and hold the cabinets in place when you are screwing them to the walls.
- Remember that larger panel cabinets can be hung to present a unified décor.
- Streamlining your kitchen faucets
Knowing the basics of your kitchen faucets can save you tons of money on repairing recurring leakages.
- Ensure you have a full set of Allen wrenches, larger slip-joint pliers and a good branded set of screwdrivers like those from Forge Steel.
- Turn off the water supply and drain off the excess water before opening the faucet.
- If you are unsure of remembering complicated internal workings, take mobile pics of each stage.
- Remove clogged dirt and mineral deposits using a screwdriver and a water spray to flush out debris.
- Note the brand and call the company in advance for parts if needed.
- Manufacturers usually stock stainless steel balls for repairing rotary ball faucets. Check the springs and seals for leaks and replace worn out parts near the base.
- If the stem is leaking simply tighten the rings till the desired torque is achieved.
- For leaking spouts replacing the O Ring on the cartridge usually does the trick. Use spanners or pliers to rotate the cartridge if it is too tight.
- Repairing damaged stoves
The stove is the powerhouse that feeds the family and any damage in this area can seriously inconvenience the household, but you won’t have to call a professional when DIY solutions are handier.
- Whether you are repairing the standard gas range or a sealed burner range you can usually proceed with repairs without turning off the gas (but after shutting off the burner dial).
- A needle and toothbrush is all that you need to clean the debris from pilot holes.
- If the burner is slow in lighting, clean the burner assembly, valve and flash ports.
- If you still encounter problems, check the spark ignition assembly. Sometimes, cleaning doesn’t produce results in which case replacement may be the only solution.
- An oven may become dysfunctional due to a wrongly set cooking timer. If resetting the timer doesn’t work you can use the product manual to locate and clean the oven ignition fuse.
- In electric range burners you can make headway by replacing scorched or pitted burners after unplugging the range from the wall socket.
- If a functional burner doesn’t work in the socket you know for certain that the socket is creating connectivity problems. Clean the socket using a wire and brush before plugging the burner.
The kitchen is rightfully described as the heart of the home where friends, family and loved ones gather and savor sweet talk and delicious food, and when anything goes wrong in this area it impacts the quality of living and calls for immediate remedial measures. Our basic DIY guidelines will help you maintain great kitchen ambiance while saving dollars when you go about changing fixtures and rectifying defective hardware.
Easy DIY Kitchen Repairs