My New Kitchen Counter top-From the Begin to a Stunning End

Pricing Your Laminate Counter Prime

Menards fees by the sting you select. On this case the sting was “Fashionable” and price $9.00 per sq. foot. They created a computerized graphic of the completed undertaking and price estimate.

At Dwelling Depot they cost by the laminate pattern you decide and the chosen edge is included. The laminate I picked was $7.00 per sq. foot uninstalled and $17.00 per sq. foot put in! That greater than doubled the worth of the countertop so we determined to avoid wasting cash and set up it ourselves. It was a giant resolution however understand that their set up worth is for the counter prime solely. They don’t have something to do with plumbing or electrical.
Correct Measurements are Vital!

If they aren’t going to do the set up they require you to “precisely” measure the counter prime, submit these measurements and take full duty if the counter prime doesn’t match.

We measured (a couple of occasions to make sure) and drew an image with the various measurements, arrows and explanations and positioned the order. Three weeks later it arrived at my dwelling…lovely craftsmanship, all edges completed, 45 diploma angles all put collectively (no gaps!!) and strengthened with wooden beneath and a sink gap lower within the center!

We thought we must lower the sink gap ourselves, weren’t fairly positive how they knew what measurement to chop and fearful the sink wouldn’t match. We had been additionally shocked the counter prime got here in a single piece because it was a customized measurement and we had been advised we must screw these angled items collectively and fill in any gaps with our customized coloured caulk. Moreover we had been advised we must glue the perimeters on the endcaps however they had been properly completed for us. These surprises turned out to be blessings that made the set up a lot simpler.
Take away the Present Counter Prime

The very first thing it’s a must to do is take away the prevailing sink and tap.
Flip off the water provide valves and disconnect all of the water provide and drain fittings.
Disconnect the rubbish disposal.
Take away the prevailing counter prime.
We lower the caulk across the backsplashes with a utility knife so we would not rip the dry wall throughout elimination.
Take away the various screws holding the counter prime on the cupboards and dishwasher. Bear in mind to maintain these screws!

Get The New Counter Prime In Place

Getting the brand new counter prime in the home was a bit difficult!
Trace: They stapled plastic items on the corners for defense throughout delivery. Elimination of those made the countertop simpler to angle into the home. Do not simply rip off the plastic items. Be sure to take away the staples utterly. The counter prime is not going to lay flat when dropped in place if items of the staples stay.
Lay the counter prime on the cupboards and gently slide into place.
Make the required changes:
The smaller angled piece was 1/8″ too lengthy subsequent to the range (and people pesky staples needed to be pulled out so it will lay flat).
A small cupboard on the opposite aspect of the range was simply moved over to accommodate that further size.
Aside from that it was a stupendous match and the sink gap was useless heart!

Set up The New Counter Prime

Make certain the counter prime is aligned and as sq. as attainable
Screw the brand new countertop into place. Trace: The screws will not be all the identical size!
The very last thing you need to do is punch by means of the brand new counter prime with a screw!!
Go searching earlier than you start and you will note the place an extended screw is required.
Utilizing an electrical drill on a slower velocity will minmize your likelihood for error
To finish this a part of the undertaking ensure you restore any areas the place the drywall could have been broken throughout elimination of the outdated counter prime.
You’ll then must caulk alongside the backsplashes.
Partitions are simply not sq.!
There might be some bigger gaps that may require extra caulk to fill them.
As soon as the caulk is dry you’ll be able to contact up the paint that received scratched throughout the course of.

Set up the New Sink

Now you’ll put the brand new sink in place.
The opening was a little bit smaller than the sink and it needed to be sanded on one or two edges to enlarge it.
Put waterproof caulk beneath the perimeters of the sink earlier than you drop it in and observe the directions for set up.
Our Neptune Double 8″ Bowl Stainless Metal Sink claimed “Simple 1,2,three Set up”…understated to say the least, however a pleasant sink as soon as put in
Wipe off the surplus caulk that squished out whereas the sink was secured in place.

Set up the New Faucet

Subsequent you’ll set up the brand new faucet.
Earlier than you start make certain your sink has the required quantity of holes for the tap you’re putting in!
Put Plumbers Putty on the bottom of the tap, sit it sq. on the holes.
Trace: Make certain the tap is going through ahead! I used to be holding the tap in place whereas it was being secured and realized the deal with was backwards. Simple sufficient to repair earlier than it’s utterly put in.
Subsequent you’ll set up the drain fittings.
Be aware that you’ll have to purchase drain fittings/basket assemblies individually. They don’t include the sink.
Put Plumbers Putty across the prime flange of the drain and drop the becoming in. I held the drain becoming in place with needle nostril pliers whereas it was being tightened. Be sure to preserve it centered throughout this course of. (one particular person can not probably do that with out an assistant!)
Connect the water provide risers to the tap.
Reassemble and join the PVC fittings. We did have to purchase some new provides to finish the plumbing and make it match the brand new sink, drains and tap.
Flip the water on and examine for leaks. If (most likely “when”) you discover a leak, tighten issues up till the leak is now not current.