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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

How to Remove Kitchen Appliances and Fixtures Host Paul Ryan demonstrates how to complete a kitchen demolition. How to Remove an Old Dishwasher Ed the Plumber host Ed Del Grande demonstrates how to remove an old dishwasher with these step-by-step instructions. How to Replace Underlayment in a Kitchen Learn how to replace the underlayment in a kitchen with these simple steps by the experts. How to Remove Tile Flooring Often the first step to installing a new floor, removing an old tile floor takes time and a bit of elbow grease. How to Install a Kitchen Sink in a Laminate or Wood Countertop Learn how to cut a countertop and install a new sink. Install an Apron-Front Sink in a Butcher-Block Countertop To create a country kitchen look, install an apron front sink in a butcher-block countertop. Learn how to transform your kitchen with these easy directions. How to Safely Demolish a Kitchen Kitchen demolition includes appliance and cabinet removal. Learn how to safely demolish a kitchen for a remodel with these step-by-step instructions. How to Make Over a Kitchen Island A new faucet and tabletop are a couple of changes that can help create a stylish kitchen island. How to Remove and Replace a Kitchen Faucet Learn how to remove and replace a kitchen faucet with these simple step-by-step instructions. How to Replace a Pocket Door An old favorite gets a new look with this updated pocket door.
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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

Step Six // How to Remove Spots from Kitchen Countertops Seal the surface Photo by Kolin Smith Because the poultice and the polisher remove the sealer, Hueston must recoat the stone. There are two choices: Topical sealer, a paste wax coating, is used on marble and limestone because it protects these relatively soft stones from etching caused by everyday kitchen substances like citrus juice. Penetrating sealer is for stones such as granite that don’t react with acids and therefore don’t need protection from etching. It soaks into the stone, where it provides protection from stains. Because it doesn’t form a surface coating, it is less prone to wear caused by everyday use of the surface. For marble countertops, Hueston recommends using both types. To apply penetrating sealer, he pours a shallow puddle onto the countertop and lets it soak in for 10 minutes before hand-buffing the area with a lamb’s wool pad like that used for polishing a car. The counter can’t be used for 6 hours. For a topical sealer, he buffs the coating on and off as if it were car wax. Sealers should be reapplied at least once annually.
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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

If you’re renovating a kitchen or want to upgrade from laminate to tile on your countertops, it’s beneficial to remove the countertop in one piece and start from scratch. Countertops are nothing more than plywood or particleboard nailed to the top of the cabinets. It’s usually not worth the time and effort to try to save it. When you remove an existing countertop and start out with fresh particleboard or plywood, you have a surface that’s ready for new tile or laminate without any further preparation.
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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

We ordered these custom-size post-formed countertops about three weeks before we needed them. You can order countertops from a home center, full-service lumberyard or countertop fabricator. Since countertops are bulky and easily damaged in transit, it’s best to have them delivered.
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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

Remove the Backsplash and Countertop Remove the countertop backsplash by prying out sections, starting in the middle. Check below the countertop to see if there are any screws or retaining hardware fastening the counter to the cabinets, and remove them. The countertop can now be lifted away and discarded. If the countertop is very large or an unwieldy shape, such as with L-shaped tops, remove any hardware fastening separate sections together, or cut the countertop into manageable pieces with a reciprocating saw. Before cutting, pull off any metal trim along the countertop or backsplash edge. Use a fine tooth bimetal blade and wear safety glasses when cutting through laminate surfaces.
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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

Step Three // How to Remove Spots from Kitchen Countertops Cover the wet poultice Photo by Kolin Smith Covering the wet poultice with a sheet of plastic wrap slows the drying process of the active chemical. Hueston fastens the edges to the countertop with blue painter’s tape. (Regular masking tape is too sticky and may remove sealer or even dull the stone surface when it’s pulled up.) Then he pokes several small holes in the plastic wrap so that some air can circulate around the poultice, allowing it to dry and to draw the stain out as it does. When the poultice is dry, Hueston removes the tape, and the plastic with it.
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How To Remove Kitchen Countertops

Tip You can cut the countertop down with a circular saw and reuse part of it in your garage or shop. Just remove the nails before cutting on it. Leave the fascia on it. It’s rare, but some countertops are screwed on. If this is the case, use a cordless screwgun to remove the screws from the underside of the countertop and lift the counterop off in one piece.
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Careful measuring is the most critical step in any countertop installation. Countertop fabricators and retailers may ask for different information, so first ask for measuring instructions from your supplier. The most accurate method is to order the countertops from cabinet dimensions. Make a sketch of your kitchen. Then measure the width and depth of the cabinets and record these dimensions on the sketch. Include the sink, stove and refrigerator locations. The ends of countertops that don’t butt into a wall will have to be finished with matching plastic laminate end caps. Indicate where end caps are needed.
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The countertops in this kitchen took a good bit of persuading to pry them loose. Once they had been removed, new plastic laminate countertops were screwed in place from underneath, and a 22” x 33” hole cut for the sink using a jigsaw.
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You can easily remove a laminate kitchen countertop yourself if you are replacing it or renovating your kitchen. Although this does require some elbow grease and a little sweat and time, it is definitely within the skill range of the average DIYer. Of course, when removing your countertop, you will want to have a new one on hand to replace it so you don’t have to be without working space very long. The following steps will provide you with all the necessary information on how to remove your laminate.
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Remove the countertop backsplash by prying out sections, starting in the middle. Check below the countertop to see if there are any screws or retaining hardware fastening the counter to the cabinets, and remove them. The countertop can now be lifted away and discarded. If the countertop is very large or an unwieldy shape, such as with L-shaped tops, remove any hardware fastening separate sections together, or cut the countertop into manageable pieces with a reciprocating saw. Before cutting, pull off any metal trim along the countertop or backsplash edge. Use a fine tooth bimetal blade and wear safety glasses when cutting through laminate surfaces.
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Because the poultice and the polisher remove the sealer, Hueston must recoat the stone. There are two choices: Topical sealer, a paste wax coating, is used on marble and limestone because it protects these relatively soft stones from etching caused by everyday kitchen substances like citrus juice. Penetrating sealer is for stones such as granite that don’t react with acids and therefore don’t need protection from etching. It soaks into the stone, where it provides protection from stains. Because it doesn’t form a surface coating, it is less prone to wear caused by everyday use of the surface. For marble countertops, Hueston recommends using both types. To apply penetrating sealer, he pours a shallow puddle onto the countertop and lets it soak in for 10 minutes before hand-buffing the area with a lamb’s wool pad like that used for polishing a car. The counter can’t be used for 6 hours. For a topical sealer, he buffs the coating on and off as if it were car wax. Sealers should be reapplied at least once annually.

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