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Old 11-27-2017, 08:05 PM   #1
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? help on removing countertop from the late 60's


house was built in late 60's and has a laminate counter top with tile on top of that...want to remove the top and replace with quartz...no screws under the top so its either screwed down from the top or nailed...
Its particle board...whats the best way to remove without wrecking the base cabinet ??
Im hoping they are NOT screwed,,,,how did they do them in that time period ???
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:57 PM   #2
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Take it off in layers. Removing the tile should expose the fasteners that attach the particle board.
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:21 PM   #3
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Take it off in layers. Removing the tile should expose the fasteners that attach the particle board.
Under the tile is laminate
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I would expect it to be nailed down from the top.
You might try a little pressure with a jack, just make sure the jack is over the front kick so you don;t break the floor.
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I would expect it to be nailed down from the top.
You might try a little pressure with a jack, just make sure the jack is over the front kick so you don;t break the floor.

So you are saying use a small bottle type jack but put it inside the cabinet???
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So you are saying use a small bottle type jack but put it inside the cabinet???
Yes but not much as the floor of the cupboard may not take much to break.

Factory made counter tops were screwed from below, Home made counter tops were just nailed (any that I have seen) and then the laminate was added.
I would not expect glue.
If you have one cupboard with all drawers, you might pull the drawers and start there. if you break something no one would know.
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Yes but not much as the floor of the cupboard may not take much to break.

Factory made counter tops were screwed from below, Home made counter tops were just nailed (any that I have seen) and then the laminate was added.
I would not expect glue.
If you have one cupboard with all drawers, you might pull the drawers and start there. if you break something no one would know.
Ahhh nope don't have that they are all a drawer and cabinet below the drawer,,,and there is a shelf so I cant use the jack,,,maybe remove the drawer and try to pry it up with a flat bar ??
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Use a heat source to warm the edge of the Laminate slowly.
Pry the warmed laminate up with a chisel or putty knife.
It is a slow process, so be patient with the chisel.

Once the Laminate is removed, you will be able to find the nails (probably not screws) and remove them. Once most of the nails are removed, then pry up on the top with the bar.
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If there are no fasteners evident from below the countertop must have been fabricated in place. The fasteners would be under the laminate. As stated, heat gun the laminate and expose the fasteners to remove the top.
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The counter top is probably built in place of it has tile, meaning itís screwed down from the top. Rip the tile off and slowly tear it back till you find screws which will be impossible to find. Option 2 is look underneath , maybe you can see corner bracing they screwed the counter into, just cut out the bracing, or option 3, slam up on the counter hard with a sledge and bust it loose , chances are youíll do little damage to the cabinets.

Iíve torn a ton of counter tops off, they never are screwed on good and just pop off normally.
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We had solid surface counter tops installed last spring. I removed the old laminate ones myself to save money. The top is 12 feet long with a 4 foot 'L'. There were a total of 6 screws holding it on.
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