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Post-form Countertop Installation Instructions

  • Post-form Countertop Installation

     Post-form countertops are probably the quickest and easiest to install for the DIYer. These countertops consist of a laminate surface that is glued to a particleboard base. Because post-form countertops are somewhat fragile until they are installed, you should be careful how you handle and support the counters during installation. Take your time. Errors are not easy to correct or hide. Taking a little extra time with measuring and cutting is quicker than going back to the home center for a new counter.

  • Overview

    The basic steps to installing the countertop are to: first, Measure the size of the counter you need. Then, make necessary cuts, and put together any corners that meet. Finally, you will need to secure the countertop to the base cabinets.

  • Measure for Proper Cuts

    Measure the cuts you will make in the counter, allowing for a one inch overhang on exposed ends and a sixteenth to an eighth inch gap for edges that butt into appliances. With the countertop upside-down, cut the counter to length using a circular saw along a jig. Always cut so the blade enters from the underside of the counter and move the saw in one fluid motion. Rotate the saw downward as you cut the backsplash.

  • Cut the Hole

    With the counter still upside down, trace the outline for any sinks or cook tops that you might install. Use templates from the manufacturer whenever possible. If you are reinstalling an old fixture, use the old hole in the previous countertop as a reference. After making the outline, drill a starter hole and cut out the opening with a jig saw. Support the portion being cut out, otherwise it may break off prematurely.

  • Install End Cap

    Flip the countertop into place, and install the end cap kit. Glue the battens into place and secure them with C-clamps. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour before removing the clamps. After removing the C-clamps, sand any high points down. Be careful not to over sand. Next, hold the end cap in position and activate the adhesive by running an iron, at medium heat, along the laminate.

  • Smooth Large Gaps

    Bring the edges on the end cap flush with the countertop by using a fine file. Remember to file only towards the countertop so that you do not pull the end cap off, or worse, chip the laminate. Check to see how the backsplash mates with the wall. If there are sizable gaps, scribe along the top of the backsplash and remove the excess material with a belt sander. Make sure that the belt is moving down towards the countertop to avoid chipping the laminate.

  • Attach 45 Degree Pieces

    To attach two 45-degree edges together, first put them in position to insure that they will mate correctly. Then spread them apart slightly and apply a generous bead of siliconized caulk to each end and push the two ends together.

  • Secure the Countertop

    From under the cabinet, insert the joint fastening bolts into their factory cut slots. Tighten the bolts with an adjustable wrench. Make minor adjustments by tapping the counter with a rubber mallet before completely tightening the bolts.

  • Adhere the Countertop

    With the counter in its final position, gently insert shims to lift the counter up about a quarter inch above the cabinets. Then apply construction adhesive between the countertop and cabinets. Remove the shims and let the adhesive dry for 24 hours.

  • Apply Caulk

    Finally, apply a bead of caulk along the joint between the backsplash and wall and where ever else appropriate, such as along a sink or stove.

 

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