Choosing countertop seam location


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Old 01-07-06, 12:56 PM
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Choosing countertop seam location

I'm installing a new laminate countertop in my kitchen. It's a straight run of cabinets, no ell's and nothing fancy. The problem is that it is so long I need to put in a seam. My sink is smack in the middle of this run of counters.

Am I better off putting the seam under the sink where it's virtually invisible but will likely have lots of exposure to water? Or am I better off putting the seam off center where it's going to be more visible but get less exposure to moisture?
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Old 01-07-06, 02:19 PM
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Seam placement at sink poses potential moisture issues and swelling of seam. Placing seam toward end of run where it will likely be camouflaged by a cannister set or decorative item is better.
 
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Old 01-07-06, 02:49 PM
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Ditto on twelvepole. I had one once that was seamed at the sink. Nothing but problems with water retention.
 
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Old 01-08-06, 10:30 AM
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Thanks guys...my fiancee will be happy to know that she was right and I was wrong on this one.
 
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Old 01-08-06, 12:37 PM
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From one voice of experience it won't be the last time, so get used to it. Even if you are right, you are wrong. Learn this early and all will go smoothly.
Good luck with the project.
 
 

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