The guarantee of a long service life of the kitchen work surface is the reliable connection of its parts. It is possible to connect the countertop at a right 90 degree angle or in a straight line, if the footage of the kitchen allows placement along one wall. There are three main methods of splicing, but you always need to adhere to one result - the surface should give the impression of a single whole:
- joint to joint without euro saw;
- using a T-shaped metal profile;
- joint using a eurozapil.
You will have to get acquainted with all the methods, not only with the eurozapil. After that, you can decide how to connect the countertops to each other and make a choice among these options.
Tabletop connector - eurozapil: hidden docking (photo)
A method of processing ends, in which patterns are used. To create it, you need a milling machine. Only on high-quality equipment it turns out to be flawless.
Sometimes euro-saws are produced on a cutting machine - this significantly reduces the cost of production, however, the ends with such an economical production are obtained with fluctuations of a millimeter or more. Therefore, when buying, you should check this point very carefully, especially if the price of the prefabricated surface for the kitchen has been significantly reduced. A carelessly made joint will not connect as it should, there will be gaps.
Correctly executed ends after assembly form a surface on which the gap is not visible at all - it is, but its width is fractions of a millimeter. If the coating is dark, it will not be easy to find where the euro-sawed countertops were made (photo).
Such an ideal quality is obtained only on a milling cutter, while the patterns must be new or at least not worn out.
Disadvantages of Eurozapil connection
The positive side of the euro saw is in a smooth surface, on which the junction is not visible.
There are also disadvantages, they are few, but they are quite tangible. Eurozapil is a lock that requires a well-defined arrangement of parts of the tabletop, they cannot be moved. Placing a headset with a top panel requires a completely flat wall and correct angles. If the walls are uneven, then the countertop will not adjoin it, and there will be a gap between it and the wall. It cannot be closed by changing its position. We'll have to cover it with a table skirting board. If the curvature is significant, then the gap will still remain. We'll have to level the wall.
If you are planning a headset installed with the letter "P", then the curvature of the walls will violate the arrangement - there will be gaps along all the walls.
In this case, small irregularities will have to be closed in this way: installation is carried out as close to the wall as possible, and work with the surface separately. The gaps in it will have to be sealed with special strips, the sides adjacent to the wall should be filed. Therefore, in addition to the question of how to connect the countertop without a joint, you can immediately figure out how to quickly make the walls straight and even.
For a kitchen with uneven walls and angles that are far from correct, it is better to dock with a different type of connection.
What's the best connect two countertops at right angles to 90 degrees?
L-shaped arrangement of furniture in the kitchen is a common option for most apartments, especially in older houses. To place the headset, joining tabletops at an angle of 90 degrees with a small area of \ u200b \ u200bthe room is the only option that allows you to fit everything you need. At the same time, there is room for the dining table, if the combination of premises is not provided.
The best solution to the problem is to level the wall before installing the furniture and achieve right angles and a flat wall surface.
Joining by means of an aluminum profile may be more practical than an euroform. During installation, the aluminum profile is treated with silicone sealant, which makes the connection tight. The connection becomes impervious to water, so its location near the sink will not affect its service life and appearance.
In this case, Eurozapil may begin to swell from water entering the gap. If the coating is plastic, then the water will not spoil it, but more often chipboard, chipboard is used for the kitchen countertop. When moisture gets on it, especially with regular contact, it begins to increase in size. To prevent this, you need to carefully cover the ends with a waterproof sealant before installation, a colorless plumbing will do. You need to process everything, all the cuts.
A convenient option for placing parts of the prefabricated panel is a double connection with a trapezoidal part - it is placed in the corner, at an angle of 1350 in relation to the other two. The design with a corner element has 2 joints, which can also be connected with a Euro saw or closed with profiles. It is very difficult to make a trapezoid on your own; factory-made options are quite expensive. But this is one way of connecting - with an insert, which will create a more comfortable work surface and work out the corner better.
In principle, you can make euro-cut countertops with your own hands - when buying a solid plate, however, for this you need to have a special tool and solid skills in working with it. In this sense, self-assembly of the surface under the bar seems to be more accessible - normal connections can be made a person who does not even have professional skills, if he makes an effort and figure out how to connect two tabletops between yourself.
Euro joint (photo) looks more neat and forms a surface without protruding parts. On one part, the end is processed, on the other, the longitudinal edge. The difficulty is that the cut goes along a straight line almost along the entire length, and then smoothly goes to an angle.
All cuts are processed with a sealant in two parts. On plain surfaces, especially dark ones, the joining of the countertops will be almost invisible, but if there is a textured pattern, then you can determine the place of the joint.
If you do not buy parts with ready-made sections for connection, then you can order the completion of the connection at the place of purchase of the plate or find a production with the appropriate equipment.
Assembly: ejoint kitchen countertops
The assembly of the tabletop parts is carried out using clamps, as well as the assembly under the bar.
However, in the case of a connection with a eurozapil, you will have to carefully control the relative position of the parts to be connected until the nuts are completely tightened - they must be strictly at the same level. It is better to connect the tabletop with ties, having previously fixed both parts. If a displacement of the planes appears, this can be corrected using self-tapping screws - simply by pulling the protruding part to the desired level.
Plates with this type of connection are difficult and time-consuming to mount, but there is an advantage - you can order the structure practically any configuration in which the joining of the tabletop at an angle is not limited by anything: a complex shape, with smooth twists and turns.
How to dock and do it yourself (video)?
If you bought a whole canvas with the expectation of independent revision, then before buying it will not be superfluous to assess the number and complexity of the upcoming work. At the same time, you need to understand that a general idea of how to connect a countertop does not mean that this is a simple process. To really assess whether it will be possible to solve the problem on your own, you need to find and watch a couple of videos that tell you how to make euro-sawed countertops with your own hands.
- Sawing requires accurate markings and precise, strictly perpendicular cuts. Sawing should be done with a circular saw with a new disc, while it must be borne in mind that chips are unacceptable. You can also saw it by hand, but working with a file, even perfectly honed, will not allow you to achieve perpendicularity along the entire length of the cut. Any deviation from the vertical during sawing will affect the assembly - gaps will appear that will be noticeable.
- To facilitate the task, you can attach a ruler to the plate, securing it with clamps (special connections for tightening - with tabletops connectors), and put the plate itself with the laminated surface down - this way there will be less chips.
- Eurozapil is made according to a template, which is also pressed against the plate with clamps. The corner is milled with a straight edge mill, on the second part, an internal cut is made according to the preliminary marking. The rounded part is cut off with a jigsaw.
- To place the ties, you need to mark and drill blind holes and grooves - two for each joint.
- The distance from the edges to the clamp is from 70 to 150 mm, depending on the design of the lower tier (cabinets) and the installed reinforcement strips.
- The grooves for the clamps are milled; for this, a milling cutter is bought, which is quite expensive.
- Before starting work on the placement of the mounts, you need to carefully check whether the mounts will interfere with the installation of built-in appliances, sinks, stoves or hobs. You can find on the net to watch videos that clearly demonstrate how to make eurozapil tabletops (video).
Despite the complexity of the implementation by non-professionals, you can make a eurozapil yourself if you think about each stage of the work. There are many tips on the net on how to dock a kitchen countertop without a plank.
And one more thing - it should be remembered that this is not a solid canvas, therefore, there must be a solid support under the tabletop. If you press on the joint, the parts should not change their position in any way. If possible, it is recommended to fix the seam with the Euro saw with a chipboard tire from the bottom side.
Video: we dock kitchen countertops to each other without a strip, screeds and joints with Eurozapil
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