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Unit: Adjusting cabinets on-site

Section: Introduction

MSFKB3004: Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets

Competencies covered

MSFKB3004: Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets


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In general, kitchen and bathroom installers prefer to do as much preparation as possible back at the workshop, where all the materials and specialised tools they need are on hand.

But there are always some adjustments that have to be made on-site, either before the cabinets are physically put in position, or after they have been installed.

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These final adjustments include lining up doors and drawer fronts so that the gaps are even and all vertical edges are plumb.

They also include adjusting moving parts so that they operate freely and smoothly.

On some jobs they can involve re-cutting panels or shaping filler strips to deal with problems in the walls or other existing parts of the building.

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In this unit, we'll look at the most common sorts of adjustments that need to be made on-site during the installation process.

We'll also talk about the hand-held tools that installers typically use to do this work.

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Preparing for this unit

This unit follows on from Checking fit of cabinets, where the process of measuring cabinets and checking their fit 'in-situ' is covered. If you haven't already completed this unit click on the link below to go to it now.

Checking fit of cabinets

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Working through this unit

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There are two sections in this unit:

  • Making adjustments

  • Using tools on-site

Each section contains an Overview, an Assignment, and Lessons which cover the content material. The links to these pages will appear in the side menu bar when you select the main link for that section.

Practical demonstration

Your final assessment of competency in this unit will include demonstrations of your ability to make adjustments to cabinets on-site as you prepare to install them. To help you get ready for these hands-on assessment activities, have a look at the Practical demonstration checklist by clicking on the link below:

Practical demonstration checklist

The checklist sets out the sorts of things your trainer will be looking for when you undertake the practical demonstrations. Make sure you talk to your trainer or supervisor about any of the details that you don't understand, or aren't ready to demonstrate, before the assessment event is organised. This will give you time to get the hang of the tasks you will need to perform, so that you'll feel more confident when the time comes to be assessed. When you are able to tick all of the YES boxes in the checklist you will be ready to carry out the practical demonstration component of this unit.

Select the link below to go to the first section of this unit.

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