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Unit: Installing cabinets on-site

Supporting: LMFKB3006A Install fitted cabinets and components

Section 1: Fasteners and sealants

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Fasteners are mechanical devices used to hold items together. In kitchen and bathroom installations, they are used to fix cabinets and components to each other and to walls, ceilings and floors.

Because the structural parts of the building are often made from different materials, there are also different types of fasteners available, each one designed for a specific purpose.

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Some people like to make a distinction between 'fasteners', 'fixings' and 'anchors'. However, most manufacturers and distributors use these terms interchangeably, so we won't use separate definitions here. What they all have in common is some mechanical method for holding an item in place under pressure.

In this section, we'll look at different types of fasteners and their main features. We'll also cover the main types of sealants and gap fillers used in kitchen and bathroom work.

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Completing this section

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The assignment for this section is designed to test your knowledge of fasteners and sealants used in on-site installations. Have a look at the Assignment now to see what you'll need to do to complete it.

Also in the menu bar are links to the four lessons for this section:

  • Fasteners for masonry

  • Fasteners for stud walls

  • Durability of fasteners

  • Sealants and fillers.

These lessons will provide you with background information relevant to the assignment.

The Just for fun exercise shows a range of screw threads and points, and asks you to identify the names of the screw types.

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