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I have a leaking tap, not an issue by itself but unfortunately the kitchen work surface does not like constant contact with water so it has done what chip board does best and swollen.

 

I have been in touch with my local repair place and they are contacting Elddis to enquire as to whether or not the top can be manufactured by them to the original specification but if not then my options seem to be

 

Take the work surface out, get a good joiner to take out the swollen part and patch it up and then get a new piece of formica or whatever is used to recover the whole unit

 

or

 

Get someone, and I have no idea who to replicate what is there and manufacture a new one from scratch

 

I live just north of Manchester so if anyone knows of someone who can be trusted to sort this out then please point me in their direction

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You could get a top made from Corian http://corian. co. uk/Corian/en_GB/assets/downloads/documentation/what_is_corian_en. pdf

 

It won't be cheap, but it won't rust, bust, buckle or bend (unless you want it to).

 

You can chose from a huge range of colours and it can be cut and made to any shape you want.

 

The Korian Man may have just the size and colour you need. http://www. thekorianman. co. uk/ He'll be cheaper than purchasing new Corian.

 

I had Corian for my kitchen tops.

 

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Depends who is picking up the bill as doing anything like replacing the top goes, from expensive to incredibly expensive?

 

Can you live with it?

 

I would be making a decision between doing that or overlaying a neat local "designer feature" plinth onto which the tap could be remounted.

I would make that of stainless sheet, set on Araldite [normal not Fast setting]. Suitable stainless might be found on some bit of cheap kitchen item, like a square caddy, or some trim from a car blinging outlet. [needs some lateral thinking to source something]

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Thanks gents.

 

I am not sure that I can live with it and its me who is picking up the tab. The bloody tap has been fine and the lump appeared over just 3 or 4 days. The tops suggested by Wunny look good and your suggestion JTQ may well work but whilst I am reasonably hands on it may be a step to far to modify and refresh.

 

There are a couple of place in Lancashire who do complete refits so I will speak to them but if Elddis come up with a decent price then I might well order the bits and do the fitting myself this winter but the tap needs sorting first so that will happen sooner rather than later

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I could be very wrong, but I doubt if the worktops in caravans are made up with anything as heavy as chipboard. Most doors, etc are made from a kind of compressed honeycomb cardboard and I suspect that the worktop will be made of something similar. I've seen other people cut out damaged sections like this and replace the damaged bit with ceramic tiles or something similar (like JTQ's suggestion above), possibly with a suitable edging if it won't sit level with the rest of the worktop. A custom-built worktop will almost certainly be very expensive. We damaged the top of the small side table in our previous Bailey and when we enquired about a replacement, Bailey quoted us well over £100 - and that was for a stock item. I made an (almost) invisible repair instead!

 

John M

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That's a beautiful kitchen Wunny!

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That's a beautiful kitchen Wunny!

Thank you, I tries me best!

 

It was the biggest project that I've ever undertaken. We are well pleased with the result, especially as the cooker hood now expels to the outside world.

 

Read all about it here: http://inspirebte. yuku. com/topic/475/The-Log-Burner-Project

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well financially its going to be an issue for my insurers as they have agreed to cover the cost subject to a £50 excess and so with the local repair place quoting over £200 for the removal and re-fitting alone this is going to be expensive. So far Elddis have not got back to the workshop with a price for the top but another £200 seems in order so I am going to let them sort it out between them although I have contacted two other companies who specialise in this sort of thing and after the weekend there may well be a response.

 

Next job though is a new tap but thanks for all of the suggestions and yes the top is made up of something resembling MDF or compressed cardboard so no wonder it filled up like a sponge. A lesson for most people I reckon, check the seal around the tap base and ensure that any leaks no matter how small are sorted quickly. My top only took 3 days to resemble the Cairngorm mountains :D

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Well this just gets better.

 

Crossleys of Leyland in Lancs have contacted me this morning and informed me that Elddis will make me a new matching worktop and there is only a 4 week lead time. Once the labour estimate comes through from Crossley then the insurance company, who have already agreed to the repair, will authorise the go ahead.

 

Just over a week ago I could not have imagined that we would have progressed at such a pace. Looks as though the unit will be in at the repairers some time towards the end of September or beginning of October

 

Happy days

 

:D

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Well this just gets better.

Crossleys of Leyland in Lancs have contacted me this morning and informed me that Elddis will make me a new matching worktop and there is only a 4 week lead time. Once the labour estimate comes through from Crossley then the insurance company, who have already agreed to the repair, will authorise the go ahead.

 

Just over a week ago I could not have imagined that we would have progressed at such a pace. Looks as though the unit will be in at the repairers some time towards the end of September or beginning of October

 

Happy days

:D

Hi Johnedg

My worktop has a bulge too now and I would be interested in getting it replaced. Were you happy with the results and roughly how much did it cost?

Andrew

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I don't think it's relevant to you now but I had something similar quite a while ago on an old van but no insurance to cover it. I removed the top completely and made a 4 inch round hole from underneath but not right through using a floor drill and fly cutter, retaining the top surface covering, and excavated the corrugated cardboard. The covering is very thin much less than formica. Then I turned a piece of thick ply to fit loosely in the large hole and kept two much larger pieces to fit top and bottom for clamping. I covered the top & bottom tap area with a piece of scrap Fablon to keep glue off the surface. I gave a very light misting of water in the hole, liberally covered the plug with polyurethane glue and clamped the whole thing up with about 6 clamps. Just tight enough to level the top surface. the glue expands into all the gaps and adhered very well.

 

When it was set I redrilled for the tap and removed the Fablon. It worked fairly well, you could just see a slight rise if you laid a straight edge against it, but it wasn't noticeable in use.

 

May help someone in the future.

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