Installing Countertops

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Put masking tape on the marks and draw your line along the masking tape, and cut accordingly.
  3. Apply carpenters glue, and then
  4. Attach your countertop using drywall screws.

Replacement Countertop Installation

  1. First you will need to remove the old top
  2. Then you will need to remove the old glue before installing countertops.
  3. Next sand the surface smooth.
  4. Apply the new glue evenly and thinly.
  5. Place your new countertop in place.
  6. 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.