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Old 08-30-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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I am replacing the countertops in my kitchen, it was an older home with all the cabinets built in and the original counter top was 3/4 plywood with some heavy duty linoleum glued to it as well as the back splash UGH!!

I wanted to place the new counter tops on top of the old and use some adhesive and screws from underneath to fasten it. Does this sound OK? My only concern is with construction adhesive if it grabs and I am not going to be able to position correctly.

I do intend to do a dry fit first and was thinking of using some strips of wood under the counter top while positioning like you would for gluing laminate. Any better ideas? dont really want to remove the old top it's sound and will be solid support.

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Construction adhesive doesnt set up like that, you will have plenty of time to position. What will you do with the front of the counter along the edge? Double edge look lol?

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There is only 1/8 reveal under the edge of the new countertop so I plan to paint the reveal a matching color.

Remember I said all of the cabinets were built in place. If I remove the old counter top I am going to have to raise the base cabinets about 3/4 to allow for clearance of the top of the drawers old construction sucks sometimes. I would have a visible seem where I installed the strips just looking at what would be the lesser of two evils.
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what are the new countertops made of?
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Now a days people go for granite counter tops as they are durable and has rich look, color variety and natural grain. To install the granite, you need to remove all the existing countertops and substrates. The granite will be placed directly on top of the cabinet carcasses. Be sure to inspect your granite slab before fabrication since each slab is unique even within the same color grade. Granite is completely heat resistant.

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Are you sure there's no way to take off the old countertop? When I moved into my house, the old 1930 cabinets had a new laminate countertop on top of them. The old one had been removed before the PO had this one installed.
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You can carry out these steps to take off the old counter tops:


1. Shut off the supply lines to the counter top fixtures.
2. Disconnect the drain line under the sink.
3. Pull out the counter top fixtures.
4. Separate the counter top from the base cabinets.
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Before separating from the old cabinets you may want/need to add some braces, spacers.
The counter top could be nailed in from the top into the top edge of the face frame and the gables.

May need acetone to remove the plastic laminate (formica or whatever) it dissolves the glue, then a cats paw to pull nails.
You can try prying it off but it can be har dto do and not wreck the face frame.

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