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Unit: Installing cabinets on-site

Supporting: LMFKB3006A Install fitted cabinets and components

Section 4: Final presentation

Finishing and handing over

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Below are the three main elements involved in finishing an on-site installation.

Site Clean Up

During installation, kitchens and bathrooms are basically building zones. The various trades generate all sorts of dust and waste products while they're working, which should be kept under control so that it doesn't to build up.

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At the end of the job, you'll need to do a final meticulous clean-up to make the room presentable for the client.

Put hard waste, such as off-cuts and cardboard packaging, into a skip bin or other container that can easily be removed from the site.

Sweep up the bulk of the dust and put it into the bin too.

Then vacuum up any remaining dust with a vacuum cleaner.

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Once all the rubbish and dust are removed, you can wipe over the finished surfaces with a damp cloth.

For surfaces that require a cleaning agent, make sure you use the right product - don't scratch or dull the gloss of finished surfaces with an abrasive cleaner.

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Inspection, testing and fault-finding

Check the following elements in the kitchen or bathroom:

Other trades - check that all other work has been completed properly, including plumbing and electrical, and that fixtures are clean and functioning correctly.

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Moving parts - check that all doors, drawers and other moving parts operate smoothly and silently, and do what they are supposed to do.

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Visual alignments - stand back from the units and check that all gaps, handles and fillers form symmetrical lines, and that adjustable shelves are correctly placed.

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Cleanliness - make sure that there are no manufacturing marks, glue, overspray or dust visible on any surfaces.

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Hand over

Now comes the part that everyone's been waiting for - the hand over. The client is the person who pays the bill, and they're also your best form of advertising for future work, so it's important that you present yourself and the finished installation as professionally as possible.

Take the time to show your client how the different features work, and how to make any adjustments that may be necessary.

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Give them the manufacturers' booklets and warranty details for the various appliances.

Answer any questions they may have, make sure they're happy to accept the project as 'finished' and ready for final payment.

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If you're not personally responsible for issuing the invoice, advise the appropriate person at your company that the job has been formally completed and is ready for invoicing.

Also provide feedback to the workshop supervisor about how the installation went, and whether there were any problems with the prefabricated units or other items supplied by the company.

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Remember, feedback - both good and bad - is central to maintaining quality in any business.

When the workers back at the workshop are doing a good job, they deserve to hear about it! And when something has gone wrong or a quality problem is starting to creep into their work, they need to hear about that too.

Feedback from the on-site installers keeps the company's management and workshop staff informed on what they're doing well and what they need to improve on.

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Learning activity

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The link below will take you to a sample checklist for a final inspection on a kitchen project. Its purpose is to guide your inspection so you don't overlook anything important.

Your company will have its own version of an inspection checklist. If you haven't already got a copy, ask your supervisor if you can look at one. Compare your own company's list of items with the items shown on this sample checklist. Are they much the same? Is there anything missing from this sample checklist that you think should be included?

Write down your answers and share them with your trainer and other learners in your group.

Sample inspection checklist

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