Countertop replacement

Unlike other surfaces, the countertop of the kitchen work table is subjected to great wear and tear. Hot pots, pans are placed on the countertop, they are cut, chopped, and so on. You can replace the countertop with a new one made of chipboard. You can cover such a countertop with wear-resistant multilayer plastic.  The foreground is usually rounded to give shape to the plastic and then fastened to the edge of the plate.  The length of finished countertops of various designs has its own standards – 2 m or 3 m.  Before installing a new countertop, it is necessary to disconnect the communications of the installed sink or stove, unhook the clamps that attach them to the countertop, pull out the sink or stove.  Then you need to unscrew the screws that fasten the table top and the table cabinet. Save these screws for future use.   If the tabletop is an integral part of the table, then remove it from the table cabinet, remove the remnants of sealant from the attachment points with the walls of the cabinet.

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The old countertop is useful for marking the new one, as a sample.  The contours of all cutouts are applied to the new tabletop.  The tabletop lies on the workbench with the bottom side up so that there is a gap between the workbench and the cutouts. A hole is drilled in each corner of the cutout, precautions are taken in advance so as not to damage the workbench.  The jigsaw blade is inserted into one of the holes, a cut is made. A guide bar or ruler is pressed against the reverse side of the countertop with a clamp. The tabletop is cut to length with a circular saw. A special-shaped metal overlay closes the outer edge, it is also used to finish the corner.  The tabletop is put in place and attached to the cabinet, using screws and clamps.  Sections of a tabletop consisting of several sections are connected with a metal plate. The gap between the wall and the countertop is filled with sealant. A specially shaped metal patch is used to finish the joint between adjacent sections. It will close the gap between the straight side edge of one and the rounded front edge of the other.

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