recovering laminated kitchen countertops


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Old 05-31-07, 08:52 PM
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Question recovering laminated kitchen countertops

I bought a home that has the 1970's vintage smoky olive drab green laminated counter tops. The counters are solid and I would like to simply recover them with different laminate counter top style. Is this possible without having to remove the old countertops?
 
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Old 06-01-07, 05:39 AM
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This question comes up now and then, so here's an older thread where this was discussed:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=290974

And another thread where the process of making a new countertop was discussed, which you might also find informative:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=292316
 
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Old 06-01-07, 08:27 AM
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IMO, laminated countertops are relatively cheap. I would opt for a whole new top myself. I have a 12 foot section and an 8 foot section that I recently replaced, and it was well under $300.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 08:22 AM
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kitchen laminate counter tops

The question, then, when it comes to installing new counters, is how to uninstall the sink. How do you do that? My question clearly indicates that I am a novice.
 
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Old 06-02-07, 09:04 AM
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heres a book I would suggest it

http://www.taunton.com/store/pages/070307.asp

check and see if your local library has it , I was able to check out out from ours
 
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Old 06-02-07, 10:46 AM
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Most sinks have a flange under the rim of the sink that has clips which fasten the sink to the countertop. If you empty the contents of the sink base and lay on your back, you should be able to see the clips way up there. Once you loosen the screws, the clips will slide to the end of the track they are in and can then be removed. Usually there will be 3 clips on front and back, and then 2 on each side. The sink will be caulked to the countertop, and a bent linoleum knife will usually help cut the caulking so as to remove the sink undamaged. Other times the caulking is poor and the sink will just come out without much effort. You'd obviously need to unhook the drain and the faucet first, so hopefully you have water shutoffs on your supply lines, or that will be another project.
 
 

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