Remove Formica Bath Top

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Old 01-23-19, 07:31 PM
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Remove Formica Bath Top

I want to remove the pictured vanity formica top, and you'll see there's a mirror sitting directly atop the back splash.

I need suggestions how to get the top removed without disturbing or damaging the mirror. (I prefer not to remove and try reinstalling the mirror as it's definitively glued to the wall.)

Also the backsplash is only accessible on the left side...the right side is jammed in the wall corner.

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PS--I'm OK with the plumbing part of the job.
 
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Old 01-23-19, 07:37 PM
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Remove the sink and faucet. Then look for screws under the vanity that go up into the counterparts on all 4 corners. Remove those screws, then try to gently tug the countertop out.
 
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Old 01-24-19, 12:45 AM
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Most of the time the counter tops are glued to the cabinets. The bond is not super strong but it will need to be preyed and or cut to remove.

Backslash will defiantly be glued to the wall!
 
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Old 01-24-19, 06:54 AM
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Hey guys...there's no screws. Everything is liquid nailed...the top, the B/S, and the mirror.

Thing is I can't pry the top without consequence, as the only direction to pry is upward....in the direction of the mirror....hence the thought that the mirror will likely break...... any other suggestion please?
 
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Use an oscillating tool to cut through the glue.
 
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Old 01-24-19, 07:19 AM
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Start with the backsplash. If you can pry it off first without breaking the mirror you will have it made. Now you see why its pretty stupid to glue countertops down.

If you could somehow cut the backsplash that would help. Running a skilsaw down it a couple times below the mirror would give you a little clearance if you could stay below the top piece of formica. Then pry the backsplash off. It's also likely siliconed to the top.
 
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Old 01-24-19, 10:08 AM
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Look inside the vanity to see if it is screwed to the wall. If it is you could remove the entire vanity then remove the top. Run a utility knife in the joint between the backsplash and the mirror first to break any bond that may be there from glue or caulk.

Probably more work than you anticipated but more likely to be successful. Pulling the bottom of the vanity out will result in a perpendicular pull down from the mirror and less likely to break it especially if the bottom edge has a metal strip. You will obviously have to disconnect all the plumbing first.
 
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Got it Done, Here's How

Hey got it done. I was able to pry the B/S off very slowly and didn't damage the drywall behind it. Was gonna cut it as XS mentioned other wise.

Top being glued, tried to pry it off was bad because it lifted the cab and jammed against the pipes which worried me. So I ran the circ saw on it and cut it off ion pieces. Thanks Much.
 
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Old 01-26-19, 11:40 AM
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I was going to mention cutting the top in pieces but you figured that out... nice job. Easier to break a small piece loose that way.
 
 

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