How to Install Countertop Brackets
Countertop brackets are a great way to boost the appearance of your kitchen. Brackets that poke out of the wall are usually bland and unattractive, but countertop brackets can easily be very elaborate, almost resembling genuine cast iron brackets in their ornamentation. Installing countertop brackets is probably one of the easiest home improvements you can do, and if you have even the most basic of skills, you can install these items in a few hours or less. Some people recommend that you have your countertop brackets installed by a professional, but so long as you are careful, and take the time to measure accurately, there is no reason why you should not be able to install them yourself. Just follow a few simple guidelines to completing this project, and you should have it done without any effort at all.
Step 1 - Preparation
Before you being to make any holes for your countertop brackets, you will have to mark on the wall where you want them to go. There are two things that you will have to take notice of. The first is the wall stud. You can locate this either by tapping along the wall until there is a change between hollow and otherwise, or you may use a stud finder, which is an electronic machine which will locate the studs for you. In addition, you should ensure that you will be installing the countertop brackets on a straight line. The easiest way to do this is to mark where you want the first bracket to be, and then use a spirit level to work out where the correct angle is. Mark in pencil on the wall where the holes should go.
Step 2 - Drill a Hole
The first hole will need to be drilled straight into the wall stud. Only go a certain length into the wall, perhaps an inch or so using a very fine drill bit. The reason for this is that you will need to install plastic anchors which will keep the screws on the wall, and not allow them to slip down, and you need to drill a hole which is slightly smaller than this anchor, so the wall holds it tightly.
Step 3 - Fitting the Anchor
Once you have drilled the hole, screw or hammer your anchor into position. The anchor will be the device which is holding your bracket onto the wall, and in turn holding the countertop to the wall, so you can see that it needs to be a tight fit. You can buy a range of plastic anchors in different sizes, so make sure that you have chosen the one which will best hold your screw in place.
Step 4 - Fitting the Bracket
Now take the bracket, and place the screw hole over the anchor. Add a screw, and drive it into the anchor with your screwdriver. Don't tighten it up yet, but insert all of the brackets into the wall, and then go around screwing them all in tightly. Check that they are straight, and then place your countertop over them.