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Old 01-01-2010, 05:09 AM   #1
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Need advice/tips on tearing out old laminate countertops


I attempted to get a small bar countertop off 2 days ago. The screws were easy but it seems it is glued on the 4 corners and I dont want to destroy my cabinets. The only the contractor did well in my house was to glue the countertops and now I an having a problem getting them off. If I cut through the top and work on it that way will it be eaasier or is their some good way to get the glue to turn loose? I have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen to do over the next 3 weeks so any suggestions to speed this process would be appreciated.

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Bev,
If you can see inside the cabinets, you may want to try one of the vibrating type tools that just became very popular that imitate the Fein tool. If I read your post right, you took out the screws from underneath but the installer put some glue on the top corners of the cabinet. I would try to position the tool to just cut through the glue. It takes a very thin kerf with it, so it shouldn't damage the cabinet.
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try a heat gun and see if it will soften the adhesive to where you can drive a small tool/ wedge between top and cabinet
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Thanks. I am going Sunday and will try. I did pick up an inexpensive recrip saw. The blade is small enough to get in the space between the countertop and the base cabinet. The corner block is small so I may be able to simply cut the top loose. At least it is not the entire top. It is just the corners. The heat gun is also a great suggestin. I was considering using one to soften the adhesive on linoleum flooring in a bath that is going to be tiled.
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We did it. Got those suckers off. My son used a chisel and hammer to go between the blocks and tops and they came right off. No cabinet damage just Wall damage from the silicone and glue and I have already fixed that. New countertops going in as soon as they arrive. Thanks a ton for the suggestions. The DIY shows make it look so easy. Looks like they just remove the screwa and lift them off--LOL Not nearly that easy.
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