Installing countertops can be fairly simple if the countertop runs straight. On the other hand, installation can also be frustrating and time consuming if you have a countertop that has to go around a corner or fit between a couple of walls.
Many types of countertop installation should be left to the professionals, but laminate countertop can be done by anyone. Here is how it’s done:
Installing Countertops in a Straight Run
You will need masking tape, glue, a jigsaw, drywall screws, large clamps, a square, screwdriver, hammer, and a level. You will also need a scriber compass, caulk and caulking gun, belt sander and sandpaper, and safety glasses.
- Decide the space the countertop is going to cover. Measure carefully and then mark your pre-form countertop. You may have to do a little cutting.
- Put masking tape on the marks and draw your line along the masking tape, and cut accordingly.
- Apply carpenters glue, and then
- Attach your countertop using drywall screws.
Replacement Countertop Installation
- First you will need to remove the old top
- Then you will need to remove the old glue before installing countertops.
- Next sand the surface smooth.
- Apply the new glue evenly and thinly.
- Place your new countertop in place.
- Finally roll slowly and firmly to ensure adherence.
Installing Countertops against a Wall or in an L
Both of these require additional steps but the basics remain the same. The difference is you will have to align against a wall, or you will have to join together two countertops in an L. If you are unsure whether you have the necessary skills you may want to call a contractor.
The Last Word on Installing Countertops
Installing countertops can certainly be a DIY project. The most important thing to remember is to measure twice and cut once. A mistake in your measuring could mean you need to replace the countertop you just cut.