tile over countertops

Old 02-27-03, 06:00 PM
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tile over countertops

Im trying to tile over countertops in kitchen. It is laminate, My question is do I need to peel the laminate off before installing the tiles or is it ok to leave on? Also what other problems might I run into? Thanks in advance for any advice
Old 02-27-03, 10:52 PM
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Laminate cuts and that stinkin' metal that connects the backslash laminate to the countertop laminate. You need to remove the laminate and if the top is plywood install a CBU, or cement board over the ply. The CBU is bedded in thinset then fastened with roofing nails, or in the case of a counter I prefer cement backerboard screws.
If the laminate is installed over particle board it needs to be removed and replaced with ply. I like 3/4'' min cdx.

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