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John L.
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Installing counter tops

Post by John L. » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:28 am

Do you have a video on cutting and installing preformed laminate counter tops?

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Post by Shannon » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:36 pm

No sorry I do not, I do not even like to cut them myself.
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Post by kristiambrose » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:11 pm

I'm with Shannon on this one. Its best to hire someone to do it for you. But, if you really don't have the extra cash or you just want to do it on your own, I suggest checking out youtube. I follow this guy on there and while his channel is a lot of variety lol, he actually does have some intelligent videos on home renovation topics as well.

His name is Phil.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5XitQqPOtY

That video should go directly to the cutting. Now, installing them, that's a whole other story haha. But I would still consider checking out YT.

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Re: Installing counter tops

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:38 pm

Cutting a counter top is no easy task because you've got to cut around a corner, which invariably messes things up, BUT, with care and a good sharp blade, you can cut with reasonable accuracy.You can cut lengths, or 90* cuts, easily enough, but for 45* corners, you're better off buying pre-cut stuff, you'll never get near accurate enough for a good, tight joint.

You will need a good quality saw, a new blade, a framing square, and belt sander. Mark your cut with the square, cut, and clean up cut with belt sander. You will increase your accuracy if you use a straight edge to run the saw against. Push the saw through the material at a slow and steady pace for a smooth cut. If you push too fast or erratically, it causes the blade to chatter which results in a rough cut.

Again, you can cut the end off with reasonable accuracy, smooth it up with a belt sander and glue on an end cap with good results, but a 45* will be the bane of your existence, so leave that to the pros or custom shop.
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Re: Installing counter tops

Post by Shannon » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:58 pm

A. Spruce wrote:Cutting a counter top is no easy task because you've got to cut around a corner, which invariably messes things up, BUT...
Just a note here that those cuts should be made with the counter upside down.
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Re: Installing counter tops

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:21 pm

Good catch, cut from the back, that way you don't chip the laminate. 8-)
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Re: Installing counter tops

Post by robertb » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:13 pm

How do you actually attach the laminate countertop to the cabinets?

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Post by Shannon » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:15 pm

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Re: Installing counter tops

Post by robertb » Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:15 am

Super helpful. Thank you for you videos!

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