Originally Posted by dodzy
Have done 3, all fine. A long guarantee on these parts. What carcass adjustment are you referring to?
There are adjustments ( 3 way ) on the upper carcass mounting plates which hold the thing to the wall.
Im a bit confused about "power planing bit" and if pipes are in the way and need to be moved, surely that would apply to any kitchen?
He is talking about the fact that in the UK and Ireland at least the units come with a false back which leaves approx 2" inches behind this false back which can be cut back as required to allow for not quite 90" to each other walls which are all too common in Ireland. For example my kitchen is 40mm wider at one end of the room than the other over a 2.4m run with units in a U shape, this means if I used standard Irish units then I could scrib (cut down) the back of the units on one wall so that you end up with a straight run. Basically I would take an increasing amount off the back of each unit. So the units at the narrowest would have 40mm off to account of the room being narrower by that amount and the units at the end where the room is already 40mm wider would have nothing removed from the rear so the units end up square, its as if the room was never 40mm out as far as the units go.
As I used Ikea units I had to scribe the 90x90 corner unit so it introduced the necessary angle to account for one of the walls not being exactly parrallel to the others. Kitchen World and B&Q units etc allow the additional space behind the false back for this. Ikea units do not, a 60cm x 60cm unit is 60 x 60 inside, an standard Irish unit would be wider than deeper inside due to the false back.
Depending on your layout an IKEA kitchen is cheap, excellient quaility but only if you ensure you start with a perfectly square room as there is no room for adjusting the units. With Ikea the room has to be right. With traditional units you could adjust the unit to the room to maximise room space but loose space in the units internally.
Re plumbing, tradditionally again the pipe work would have been hidden behind the false back, in an IKEA unit when I bought you have to bring your pipes up through the bottom of the unit. Visually a lot worse. This also means with an Irish kitchen a pipe could run across the back of several units to give the correct fall if required, with Ikea you have to run it at floor level below the 10cm hight of the legs, this may cause fall issues in larger kitchens which should be 1 in 100.
Ikea are a great product when it comes to kitchens but it's design is based on the European market and you have to be aware of the limitations and account for them.