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Old 09-07-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I've moved into a new house that we bought and are looking at changing the kitchen, i'm looking at getting a DIY kitchen in a couple of months till then i have taken on replacing the existing gas cooktop and replace it with a 900 cm freestanding cooktop with oven. I am getting the plumber to install the cooktop but i need to cut out the old cooktop from the bench.
I'm looking at cutting a 900 cm cutout from top to bottom in my existing kitchen bench and placing the new cooktop there, I would appreciate if those experienced renovators could tell me if there are things i should keep in mind or an easier way to complete the task at hand which is not obvious.

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Old 09-07-2011, 10:57 PM   #2
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What is the countertop made out of? You shouldn't need to cut it out. It should be attached with fasteners under the counter.
The gas needs to be shut off before you start to remove the unit.

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:10 PM   #3
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If you are installing a gas range to replace cooktop and it is cabinet make sure cabinet is 30". You may have a floor height different if your floors are built up.
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@ Ron the counter top is made of laminate and you are right that it is attahced with fastners although i need to cut the counter top as i need to plug in a free standing cooktop instead of the fixed cooktop on the kitchen bench.
@ kitchen man.. you are spot on i'm replacing a cooktop with a gas range but i'm not sure what you mean by making sure cabinet is 30' and what floor height difference????
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Stove are 30" when you cut the top you will have to remove the cabinet to make room for the stove. When removing cabinet some cabinets will have a toe kick running across them you may have to cut toe kick. When the cabinet is remove some floors like tile or hardwood are not under cabinets you can shim or screw the feet down on stove
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Stove are 30" when you cut the top you will have to remove the cabinet to make room for the stove. When removing cabinet some cabinets will have a toe kick running across them you may have to cut toe kick. When the cabinet is remove some floors like tile or hardwood are not under cabinets you can shim or screw the feet down on stove
30cm width you mean .. thanks for advising about toe kick, will look out for that . btw should i be using a circular saw or a jigsaw ???
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Jigsaw will give you fewer chips when using a fine tooth blade and get you closer to the wall if your not removing the top. I then use a Fein tool to cut the rest
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They sell reverse toothed jigsaw blades for some saws. These blades cut on the down stroke, not the upstroke and so minimizes chip out of the laminate.

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