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Old 02-01-2010, 10:54 PM   #1
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Where to install countertop supports?

Where would i install countertop supports at my dishwasher? my countertop will be granite. My dishwasher is on the end inbetween my last base cabinet and the wall panel for my refrigerator. I assume i would install a support along the back wall. How should i install the support on the refrigerator panel? Bolt a 2x4 to it? get a couple 1x3 and have them act as vertical supports and screw a 2x4 to that? I attached a picture if that helps.

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Are you installing plywood on top of the cabinets (2cm granite with oerhanging edge)? Or 3cm granite with no plywood and no overhang?


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Old 02-02-2010, 12:25 AM   #3
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I would look at dropping a sheet of something alongside the fridge gable down to the floor and add an 'L' cleat to the top of it.
Instead of the countertop weight being carried by the gable, transfer the weight down to the floor.
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Are your counter tops being measured and installed by a pro?

If so ask them when they measure and fabricate the template.

The back wall should have support all the way across and the right side of the dishwasher should have support down to the floor , somehow you have to install horizontal and vertical support as mentioned previously.
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No plywood just granite countertop. The installer just said i need additional supports there, behind my slide-in range and at my corner sink. Didnt really offer how to do it.

Yeah i wasnt crazy about using the panel/gable as the primary method of support. Good idea about installing a sheet of plywood to the floor with some L brackets along the right side.

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Old 02-02-2010, 08:48 PM   #6
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The plywood sounds good on the ref panel. I usually use a piece of 1x2 behind the dw screwed to the studs with 2 1/2" screws used to mount the cabinets. You should have a few lying around. Just make sure you don't interfer with the dishwasher. Should be easy enough since you have it sitting there already.
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