A cooker hob installed into a kitchen counter creates a nice-looking, inline cooking area that's both efficient and modern. You can install a cooker hob into most counters, from wood to granite, providing the right tools are available. Learning how to install a cooker hob yourself will not only save you the cost of hiring an engineer, but will also ensure your hob is installed exactly where you want it, at the time you want it.
Things You'll Need
- Jigsaw or angle grinder
Decide where the hob will be placed on the counter. Place the hob in the desired spot. Draw around the base of the hob with a pencil, to mark its outline on the counter. Drill a starting hole in one corner of the outline. Cut the shape of the hob out of the counter, using a jigsaw for wood counters or an angle grinder for stone counters. Make sure to stay within the outline.
Apply sealing caulk around the outline of the hob on the counter. Place the hob into the hole you just cut, so the sealant forms a seal between the hob and the counter. Attach the hob to the underside of the counter using a screwdriver and the fixing clips provided with the hob.
Attach the gas supply pipe to the gas connector on the hob, following the hob manufacturer's instructions for the specific location of the connection. Plug the electrical supply cable into the nearest electric socket, making sure that the cable isn't pulled taut and that any loose cable is fastened securely out of the way.
Tips & Warnings
- Before cutting a hole in the counter, always check that there's enough room underneath the point where the hob will be fitted for the gas and electrical hookups to be installed. This not only avoids you having to do extra work to move the hob if there isn't enough room, but it prevents you from cutting a hole where one is not needed.
- The majority of states and other territories require that gas connections be made by a qualified gas installation engineer. Always consult your local building code for information before attempting to hook up a gas supply on your own, as the risk of death from a gas leak from an inexpertly fitted supply are very high.
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