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John DeKam 03-01-2009 10:26 PM

need to repair swollen particle board laminate countertop
I just noticed a slight swelling at a fairly new postform countertop miter joint. A glass of water spilled and water laid on it over night and now a spot about 6" long has started to swell.

Is there any way to recompress the particle board using heat and pressure...or some other method?


skymaster 03-01-2009 11:57 PM

:{:{:{ sorry not that I know of, once pb swells its game over.

Bob Mariani 03-02-2009 06:27 AM

nope... it's toast

buletbob 03-02-2009 06:51 AM

Sorry its shot, That's the biggest disadvantage to PB.

DangerMouse 03-02-2009 07:01 AM

not so fast, guys.... i DID a repair similar to this and it worked.
however, i had ideal situation to allow the repair. it wasn't swelled that bad, was still wet, and close to an edge by a drawer i removed.
you need a large c clamp and a couple scraps of good wood above and below. i did not attempt to dry it first, i just clamped it tight and left it for a few days. it dried and lined right back up again, hardly noticable.... however, this is not possible in most cases, i'm sure.


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