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What Do You Need To Install An Ice Machine?

Commercial ice machines are invaluable to the restaurant industry. Every bar that serves a variety of drinks must have an ice machine to keep up with the demand. Customers enjoy ice in their drinks and if the bar is unable to accommodate this need then the customer will simply go to another bar. Once you’ve decided on an ice machine, the next step will be to prepare your kitchen for the installation of this catering equipment.

Installing one of these machines is not too complicated but it is advisable to get someone who knows what they’re doing to install it for you. Perhaps you have an employee who is handy and familiar with electronic catering equipment who could do this for you.

Firstly, allocate an area and clear the space for the unit. Ensure that you measure the unit and clear sufficient space for a perfect fit. Read all installation instructions specific to the ice machine that you procured. Although most ice machines are quite similar, there may be specifications that are unique to the one that you have so familiarise yourself with what is required.

Wherever you allocate the space for the unit, you will need to have access to a drain for the water that dispenses from the machine. If you have a drain there currently, that’s great. Follow the instructions to fit the unit to the drainage system. If you don’t have a drain then you will have to get a plumber to place a drain or to connect additional pipes to lead to the nearest drain.

This type of catering equipment is usually operated electronically therefore it will need to be near a plug point. It is advisable to have multiple plug points in your commercial kitchen so that you don’t overload one circuit board. If you can have one plug point for the ice machine, that would be ideal. Ensure that it is not far from the unit and the cord is long enough to reach it. If the cord is not long enough, you can simply connect an extension cord.

Once the area, drain and plug points have been established then you can unpack the ice machine. Make sure that you remove all the plastic and cardboard packaging from the unit. Check that all the parts are included and fitted accordingly. Connect the ice machine to the drainage system and plug it in. Add water as indicated to test whether the catering equipment is functioning properly. Now you’re all set up and ready to serve.

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4 Details of a Masterpiece Designer Kitchen

Having a stylish designer kitchen undoubtedly is a dream come true. In fact, there is the only thing better than this, and it comes in the form of a designer kitchen with fine details. It is the details that make the kitchen as functional and beautiful as you’d like it to be. There are few tricks to creating the features in such a way that they make the difference without you noticing them. Here are some of these secrets in regards to key aspects of the kitchen:

A world of outlets

Undercabinet plug moulding – if you are a fan of discretion, then you can feature plug moulding just beneath the cabinets on the wall. It is convenient and leaves your backsplash clutter-free.

Coordinate the colour of the outlets – electricians typically favour white outlets. Although the colour is not a bad one, it creates a contrast, which takes away from the beauty of non-white backsplashes. Well, you can coordinate the colour of your outlets with that of your backsplash tiles.

Pop-up outlets – one more outlet-free option you have is pop-up outlets. As it disappears into the countertop, this type of outlet is quite useful in areas with no wall cabinets that hide plug moulding strips.

Rotate the outlets sideways – if you are certain about wall outlets, you can have them installed sideways. That way you can position them closer to the counter, which contributes to a less obstructive profile.

Light your designer kitchen

Task lighting – if there is one thing that can make your life easier, it is task lighting. With some undercabinet lighting, you can illuminate different areas of the countertop, which makes food preparation an easier process. Install task lights at the front part of cabinets, not the back.

Glowing cabinets – installing LED lighting strips on both sides of a cabinet creates glowing shelves. Hide the strips behind the face frame, and you have yourself a fantastic ambient effect in the kitchen.

Appliances

Panelling hides your dishwasher – regardless if you are panelling your fridge, you can panel the dishwasher. As it contributes to a more harmonious look in the kitchen, uninterrupted by a stainless steel grey area.

Hideaway your microwave – if you cannot do without a microwave, then you can get one and hide it. Instead of it occupying valuable space on your countertops. For this purpose, you can get a wall cabinet with one of them lift-up doors.

Hood

Don’t overcrowd the hood – if you are using a chimney hood, make sure there are at least 3 inches between it and any cabinets on the left and right. This has the visual advantage of not cramping the space. Besides, wall cabinets are sure to stay cleaner for longer this way.

Glass cabinets next to the hood – this one combo may be visually pleasing but is hardly practical. It calls for non-stop cleaning of grime and grease, which means it is best to install such cabinets elsewhere.

Now that you know these detailing secrets, you can better plan your designer kitchen. Make sure you follow the tips and the place will turn out to be even better.