By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Before You Begin
Remove the contents of the base cabinets and the drawers. Then shut off any water valves and disconnect all piping and remove the sink. If there is a built-in cooktop or other appliance, remove it following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove all the screws that hold the cabinet to the underside of the counter and remove the old counter. Cut away any caulk seal that is between the counter and the wall with a utility or putty knife.
Step 1 : Measure and cut the countertop
With the countertop face side up, apply masking tape to the cutting area. Then use a tape measure and mark the cutting line on the masking tape with a pencil.
Measuring from a square end, use a framing square to make sure the cut is square.
Make the cut with a fine-tooth saw and cut on the downstroke only to prevent chipping the laminate surface. Be cautious handling the freshly cut laminate because the edges are sharp. Use a smooth file or sanding block to remove the sharp edges by stroking down and along the edge at the same time.
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