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Old 11-14-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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removing panel board from behind backsplash


Hi all, and thanks in advance for responding to my question.

I have about 4-5 inches of panel board sticking up from behind my kitchen counter back splash which I would like to remove. It goes down behind the back splash, and if possible, I would like to cut it away without removing the counter top. Anybody have an recommendations for tools or methods of accomplishing this without damaging the counter back splash?

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Old 11-14-2007, 05:26 PM   #2
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I have a few methods that I think would work. Apply blue painters tape to the top of the backsplash to protect it from scratches before trying any of these:

1) Use either a utility knife or a tool made for scoring hardi-backer or plastic laminate, (both sold at Home Depot) and score repeatedly along the seam between splash and paneling until it is cut all the way through or cut enough to snap off cleanly.

2) If you have a reciprocating saw (sawzall), put a fine tooth bimetal blade in it and hold it at an angle so as to only cut through the paneling and not the wall behind it.

3) If by some remote chance you own a Fein Multimaster tool, that would work well but take quite a while.

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Old 11-14-2007, 08:24 PM   #3
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I have a few methods that I think would work. Apply blue painters tape to the top of the backsplash to protect it from scratches before trying any of these:

1) Use either a utility knife or a tool made for scoring hardi-backer or plastic laminate, (both sold at Home Depot) and score repeatedly along the seam between splash and paneling until it is cut all the way through or cut enough to snap off cleanly.

2) If you have a reciprocating saw (sawzall), put a fine tooth bimetal blade in it and hold it at an angle so as to only cut through the paneling and not the wall behind it.

3) If by some remote chance you own a Fein Multimaster tool, that would work well but take quite a while.
Sub duct tape for the blue painters tape.

If it is typical old wood paneling, it cuts pretty easily with a couple of passes from a sharp razor knife, as suggested. If it is tempered hardboard paneling it will not cut easily, but can be done.

If you are not pretty experienced with a reciprocating saw, I would advise against this one, it is almost gauranteed to buy you a new counter from stab marks.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:42 AM   #4
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....3) If by some remote chance you own a Fein Multimaster tool, that would work well but take quite a while.
That there is do doubt the very best tool for this particular job. I've had one for several years and it's been invaluable across so many jobs I've come across. Perhpas one of the tool rental shops may have one.
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