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Old 07-01-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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hey all,

I bought some post form laminate countertops and have questions. they tell me I need to put wood blocks 3/4" tall under the countertop (build up) and my questions is should I cut 3" long blocks like they said at HD or can they be longer and in any case how far should the blocks be spaced apart?

I was wondering if it would be more stable to have long pieces like 3 foot lengths with a few inches gap to have under the whole length? would that be more stable? prevent sag? or are 3" blocks standard for a reason?

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Hi, did anyone ever reply to this question?

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Not sure why you would use spacers and not full lenght pieces of 1 X 4's.
By making then full lenght the top is fully supported so it will not sag or crack if someone sits or leans on it.

1 X 4 spruce is cheap to buy.
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Good point.

I don't want to hijack this thread but was wondering what type of countertop build-up would be required for outdoors using cinderblocks as the base? (for example, i don't think pressure treat wood is the right choice)

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Not sure why you would use spacers and not full lenght pieces of 1 X 4's.
By making then full lenght the top is fully supported so it will not sag or crack if someone sits or leans on it.

1 X 4 spruce is cheap to buy.
thanks, the lead down that spacer path was because the guys at HD sell these spacer kits little blocks so I wondered if that is standard.

I am getting the buildup done with full length 1x4 pieces works well.

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thanks, the lead down that spacer path was because the guys at HD sell these spacer kits little blocks so I wondered if that is standard.

I am getting the buildup done with full length 1x4 pieces works well.

He may have been trying to sell you shims to correct out of level cabinets.
The shim need to go under the cabinets not under the top.
If the cabinets are level from front to back and from side to side then there's no need to shim the counter top.

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