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Old 11-12-2007, 12:56 PM   #1
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Countertop (Formica) mess and husband's ego - HELP!

Hi all.

To keep this short, I am a flooring/design professional and know tons of contractors. We have a new post formed countertop that my impeccable, long-time countertop contractor offered to help us with. I mentioned that to DH and he insisted he could do it himself. Because I do design work with this stuff, I know that even pros have issues with this type of thing, as do many long-time flooring installers, so I know what that's all about.

Without my knowledge (while I was at work) my DH, who is totally DIY challenged (believe me - I've been with him 27 years) went ahead and absolutely made a mess of this installation. He is really "rammy" and somehow wrecked a small corner out of one side of the corner mitre, a nice chunk out of the backsplash drywall, and I have an uneven line of drywall missing just above the splash that likes like crap.

The sad part is that I have company coming in a week and I am so embarassed...but he has so far made no effort to fix anything or even get started on it (I have to re-paint the kitchen because of this drywall mess). I am at my wits end here, as he is being unreasonable when I expressed my displeasure about him not calling the contractor, so now he is acting like he doesn't care.

Grrrr..May I post pics here on this site? I'm not that internet savvy, but do have some digitals of this mess. I HAVE to start repairing this myself and have even considered putting a ceramic tile backsplash there, but, of course, the drywall has to be repaired anyway, so I've kind of put that job away!



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Old 11-12-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Umm, help with what? You don't seem to be asking for any advice...


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Old 11-12-2007, 09:33 PM   #3
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When you move the pictures over here, and quit playing in the other sand box I might help
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:10 PM   #4
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Just a suggestion

You could start by shopping for the tile/backsplash that compliments the counter, either 4" or 6" squares.
Glue the tiles to a 1/2" sheet of plwood cut to the same height of the tiles with a bucket of premixed "Latecrete", via Lowes or similar thinset, which you can also purchase from a any tile dealer and most Home Depots etc.
Leave a 1/4" or more gap/grout line between the tiles. Once the tiles have cured to the 1/2" plywood, you can glue the back with construction adhesive and attach the entire 1/2" ply and tile board over the laminated backsplash, with screws between the tiles. Add some small/narrow tile/trim on top of this to cover the plywood and then grout.
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