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To align the island hook-up with the existing gas line, measure the location of the gas line both vertically and horizontally (Image 1). Transfer these measurements, 24-1/2" high and 6-1/2" from the outside corner of the house, to the side wall of the island (Image 2).
Drill out the space to create a small square opening, sized to accommodate both the gas line and the electrical cord for the refrigerator. Drill holes in each of the four corners of the square, then use a jigsaw to finish cutting out the rest of the square. With the opening finished, carefully move the island unit into place over the gas line, making sure not to bend or stress the gas pipe.
Use tiles measuring 12"x12" on the prep surface. After laying them out on the island top to determine the pattern and where cuts will need to be made, begin the tiling at the counter face edge, working around and across the countertop. Make the tile cuts with a wet saw. These saws work by dropping water over the blade, keeping it cool as it cuts through the dense tile; they can be rented for approximately $30 a day.
Apply the tiling mortar to the island surface with a trowel, then use the notched side of the trowel to score lines in the mortar (Image 1). Place freshly cut tiles along the side edges with the finished edge down; the top counter tiles will cover the unfinished edges of the side tiles. Tape holds the side tiles in place while the mortar dries (Image 2). Tile the top using the same process of mortar first followed by tiles, but use plastic spacers between the tiles to keep the grout lines uniform.
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