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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting


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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

Hi! I'm AJ and I have an unusual hobby. I love abseiling down buildings - legally, of course. It is a growing tourist activity and I have been lucky enough to try it in many parts of the world. When you are on top of a building and then making your descent, you really have time to admire the overall construction and materials used. It is actually mind-boggling to think about the builders and machines who have put together such amazing architecture. I've been reading quite a few books lately about construction techniques and I'm quite in awe of the science involved. I hope that you find the science behind construction as fascinating as I do. Thank you for your time.

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How to Install a Splashback in Your Kitchen or Bathroom

If you have decided to install a glass splashback in your kitchen or bathroom, it is essential that you install it correctly. If you fail to install the glass splashback correctly, you may find that problems such as cracks or moisture build-up occur. Below is a guide which will help you to complete a successful installation of glass splashbacks.

1) Measure the wall area

The first thing you need to do is to ensure that the glass is the correct size. Before you begin work, you should measure the area in which the glass splashback will be positioned. A handy tip is to use a pencil to mark the lines you are measuring. Doing so will allow you to visualise the size and shape of the splashback before you install it. Once you have the measurements, you can either buy a bespoke sized piece of glass, or you can buy a standard piece of glass which can be cut to size. If you wish to cut a piece of glass yourself, you should continue to section 2 of this article. If you have purchased a bespoke, pre-cut piece of glass, you can move straight on to section 3.

2) Cut the glass

You will need to set up a workbench which will securely hold the piece of glass in place. When clamping the glass in place on the workbench, you should insert a piece of cardboard between the glass and the clamp. Doing so will prevent the glass from becoming damaged or scratched. Before you begin to cut the glass using an electric glass cutting saw, you should make sure you are wearing adequate safety gear, including eye protection and thick gloves. Once you have completed the cut, you should sandpaper down the rough edges of the glass until they are smooth.

3) Fix the splashback in place

The easiest way to fix a splashback in place is to use adhesive silicone which can be purchased from your local hardware store. Simply apply the adhesive silicone material to the back of the glass in a criss-cross pattern. Then fix the splashback into place and apply pressure for a minute or two. After this time has passed, the splashback should be securely fixed to the wall.

If you would like further advice about cutting or installing a splashback in your home, you should get in touch with a contractor who specialises in this area.