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Old 12-30-2016, 10:36 AM   #1
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"U" shaped countertop project


Hello, I am doing some reconnaissance for replacing my kitchen countertops.
It is a large "U" shape...

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At this point I don't know what I don't know. So any and all info would be welcome.
What I do know is when the difference between paying a professional and doing it myself is hundreds of dollars I become a highly motivated DIY'er.
I have some woodworking experience, I've done some minor cabinet repairs, small furniture projects, lap and panel siding replacement in the past so don't think this is too far over my head.
The sheer size of the thing is a concern. Most of the time I'd probably be working alone. I guess if I attached the short leg to the 10' section it would be semi-maneuverable and I could attach the long leg last.
The current seams of the laminate are behind the stove and at the sink. I guess that makes sense in order to keep them as short as possible.


I've looked at a few different countertop how-to's and haven't seen anything that concerns me too much.
At this point, I just want to put together a plan and see what add'l tools, supplies and skills I need to get it done.

Thanks from Justin in KS

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A big question is whether there are walls all the way around this countertop? That will make it difficult, but not impossible, to slide a completed counter in to that space. keep the longer side down on the cabinets and lift the shorter side up, slide it to within a 1/2 inch of final location and lower the short side. You will need a hand with that process.
Two options:
1. Purchase premade tops c/w backsplashes. Will require that the parts get assembled typically with the drawbolt fasteners, so you need to assemble the parts and slid it into place as above.
2. Purchase material and build the deck and laminate it yourself. That is what you currently have since the joins are where they are. Same process, except you will need more room to assemble the pieces. That is a large project to undertake for a first laminate project. Build the deck about a quarter inch smaller than the final measurement and then tile the backsplash makes it easier to get into position.

Let us know how it goes.
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The left side is open to the dining room.
There are walls along the 10' side and the 5' side.
I had looked at buying the pieces, but from little I could find, that 3' wide section (where the oven is) is something that would have to be custom made.
I could certainly be wrong though.
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I agree that the slide-in oven cut out would complicate the use of prefab units.
Are there any posts in the way on the 7.5 ft side? It would be easier if that side was completely open.
You might consider getting familiar with installing laminate by building a smaller project to practice on. Maybe a laundry room folding table or something for the garage.
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There's nothing to the left. "Open" to the dining room. Just some cabinets overhead.
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