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Old 08-04-2012, 04:17 AM   #21
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Datenight, your counter top looks great. I have to make sure my wife doesn't see those pictures.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:54 AM   #22
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Simplest way to weight it down evenly is 4 inches of sand , just like installing Treadmaster.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:37 AM   #23
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Sorry but I have been in the tile business for a lot of years and have never removed a counter top or had anyone ask to have one removed because of grout sanitation. That is just not an issue any more than laminate, stone or paint will be. Our tile counters on our sailboat held up for years and we suffered no illness, neither did we suffer illness from our tile counters at home for decades. To say it should not be used because of sanitary problems is just not accurate. There are literally millions of homes in this country with tile and grout on the countertops. Germs can grow on any surface. You are quite correct that anything put over another surface will only be as good as the surface you are covering. I wouldn't recommend putting anything over a laminate surface unless you don't care whether you have to do it again. Chuck
My neighbor had a beautifull tile kitchen countertop ripped out and replaced with solid surface when she bought the house because she believed it was unsanitary. I didn't say she wasn't nuts, I just said that it happened.

She may be the only person in history to have done that, but I know for a fact that she did because we were freinds with her and her husband and were in their house many times. I saw it before and I saw it afterwards.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:47 AM   #24
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Installing laminate on a sound substrate is a piece of cake. Make a pattern or not, depending on the installation, dry fit, leaving an overhang wherever possible, apply contact cement according to the instructions on the can, let it dry, use sticks, kraft paper, etc. to keep the laminate off the substrate while you position it, then remove the sticks or kraft paper to allow the laminate to bond to the substrate.

Then apply pressure with a laminate roller to remove air bubbles and insure good contact.

Use a router and a laminate bit with a ball bearing roller to trim the laminate and a laminate file for areas the router won't reach.

I recently installed laminate on my boat on the vertical surfaces under the seats where I removed the original carpet.



There are several videos on youtube.com showing how to install laminate.

Or hire a pro!
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:09 PM   #25
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. I wouldn't recommend putting anything over a laminate surface unless you don't care whether you have to do it again. Chuck
this describes my situation- short term fix with bigger plans down the road.
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I recently installed laminate on my boat on the vertical surfaces under the seats where I removed the original carpet.
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That looks great. Did you do the teak and holly as well? It looks brand new! Beautiful.
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That looks great. Did you do the teak and holly as well? It looks brand new! Beautiful.
Thanks. Yes I did. I cut and milled the trim and baseboard out of a 2X10 mahogany board as well.

I did it this past winter.
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this describes my situation- short term fix with bigger plans down the road.
Took a peek under the butcher block around the sink and found the old counter underneath badly damaged. Onto plan B of redoing it the way we really want it in a few months versus a quick fix now and the redo in a year or two.
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........... Onto plan B of redoing it the way we really want it in a few months versus a quick fix now and the redo in a year or two.
That's a good plan..
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IF you are tall enough that raising the counter top by 3/4 inch ,is OK, the procedure would be the same.

However , I would use PL glue to put the new ply to the old laminate surface.
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Datenight, your counter top looks great. I have to make sure my wife doesn't see those pictures.
Thanks DCBD,

It was my first attempt at fabrication but I have been in the tile/floor business all my life. Just takes time and patience.

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This months Consumer Reports has a realistic look at counter top materials.

The nicest flooring I have seen on a production boat was on a Seline.

Sheet flooring with a mild no skid built in.

Teak and Holly is only useful as no slid if it is done in the traditional way.

The Holly strips stand proud of the teak, forming the required 3D surface.

Haven't seen this since running FREEDOM an Alden Schooner.
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