How is formica back splash attached to wall


Old 11-19-09, 06:09 PM
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How is formica back splash attached to wall

I am going to install new formica countertops in the kitchen that I plan to make. This is my first time of making countertops but I think I am up for it. My question has to do with the backsplash.

How is it attached to the wall? Can I put make it and route the edges first and then glue it to the wall. I don't have a trim router just a full size one. Thanks for any and all help.
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Old 11-19-09, 08:20 PM
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Not sure how a "professional kitchen place" would do it, but I've always used silicone and braces. After you scribe the bottom of the backsplash to perfectly match any imperfection in the countertop, you'll also want to smear silicone along the bottom edge of the backsplash so that it creates a watertight seal withe the countertop. So you'll brace it downward (either from the ceiling or the upper wall cabinets) and back to the wall (I have clamped a 2x4 flat to the counter, then placed braces between that 2x4 and the backsplash.) No need to go crazy with the silicone. A little goes a long ways. You don't want it gushing out the top, so keep it low enough that that doesn't happen.
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