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|Kitchen Remodeling: Applying Laminate to Counter Tops|
1. When spreading the adhesive for
the counter top, it is most easily done with a paint tray and a
mohair-covered paint roller. Lay the cut plastic laminate on the
floor on top of newspapers and roll the contact cement on, covering
the entire surface. Apply a slightly thicker coat of cement near the
edges. Next, cover the counter surface and allow both to dry about
15 minutes or until the brown paper will not stick to the adhesive.
2. Wood dowels work better to keep the laminate from
sticking to the cemented counter surface than brown par when laying
the counter top. Place them at one foot intervals. Then lay the
laminate, adhesive side down, on the wood dowels. Put the factory
edge against the backsplash and set the tip of the diagonal cut into
the comer. This corner is where you will begin.
3. Pull out
the wood strip nearest the corner while pressing the laminate into
position. Again, be sure the laminate is exactly where you want it.
Use a sweeping motion so no air bubbles are trapped beneath the
laminate. Work along the counter, pulling out strips of wood and
pressing down the laminate. Then, immediately roll the surface with
your rolling pin or hand roller, applying extra pressure near the
4. When placing the second piece, make certain the
diagonal seam at the corner is very tight and roll the seam
5. If the laminate fails to form a bond or
creates a bubble at some point, place a piece of the brown wrapping
paper over the spot and place a hot iron (set for cotton) on to of
the paper until the laminate feels hot to the touch. he heat should
soften the contact cement enough to regain some of its stickiness.
Then use the roller again with a firm, steady pressure until the
laminate has cooled.
6. Before router trimming the counter
top, put masking tape around the newly laminated edges so as not to
mar them. Router off the excess as you did with the edges, moving
the router from left to right. Then, replace the bit with a 22
degree bevel bit and bevel the seam at the top of the counter
moving, as always, left to right.
Tip: Practice this
technique on some scrap before doing the final
7. Finish the bevels with a 14-inch single cut
mill file. Apply pressure on the downward stroke. Check each angle
with your finger tip to assure there are no rough edges that may
later result in cracks. Inside corners are particularly prone to
cracking if they are not filed smooth.
Installing a Hood
Vent System in Kitchens.
Install the hood/vent before the
range or cook top so that you can reach all connections
1. Connect a section of 6 or 7 inch metal ducting to
the duck pipe entering the cabinet and to the hood. If these holes
are too close for a turn, you may need to have a sheet metal box
with nailing flanges made to your specifications.
the hood into position and trace the holes for attaching the unit
with the screws provided.
3. Connect the wiring in accordance
with the manufacturer's instructions.
4. Connect the hood
collar to the duct by tightening the metal collar provided or by
wrapping duct tape around both collar and duct.