1: Handling the carton
- Be sure when setting the carton down not to damage corners by placing it gently on the floor. For heavy cartons, use two people to lift.
2: Opening the carton
- Try to avoid the use of a knife when opening cartons. Although manufacturers will use foam etc to protect the goods, there is a high possibility of damaging surfaces or upholstery if the knife penetrates beyond the cardboard outer carton.
3: Getting started
- Before beginning the assembly process, use the assembly instruction manual to take an inventory of all items in the carton.
- Separate and organize all components.
- For heavy items it is advisable that they are assembled close to where they are to be displayed / used to avoid damage in transport.
- Clear ample floor space to carry out the assembly and ensure that the floor area is clean and free of any debris that may damage surfaces. A small nail or rock can cause considerable damage to surfaces. Using the cardboard outer carton as an assembly mat is a good idea.
4: Follow the instructions
- Always follow the assembly instructions and complete the step by step guide in the order shown.
- Tools: Avoid the use of power tools if possible. When using a power drill, set it to low power setting if possible.
- Wood dowels: Dowels should be tapped in with a rubber mallet. Ensure they are tapped in as far as possible. Failure to do so will result in wood dowels protruding through outer surfaces such as drawer faces or top panels. It is very important to put the dowels in to the holes noted on the Assembly Instruction Manual. Never put them directly into drawer faces or top surfaces.
- Back panels: Even if the back panel is not always readily visible it is extremely important that it is attached properly using all the finishing nails supplied. This will help to keep the item squared but it is important that the unit be as close to squared as possible before beginning to attach the back panel. Nailing in all four corners first is a good idea. Use extra caution when hammering the nails in that they going in straight and not through to exposed areas.
- Drawer runners: Ensure screws are in as far as possible so that the drawer can open and close smoothly.
- Door hinges: Doors may initially be askew upon completion of assembly but they can be straightened by adjusting the screws slightly. (See diagram below for adjustment possibilities)
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