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Remove the cabinet doors and label them to avoid confusion when they go back on. Put hinge screws back into holes so they don't get lost.
To remove the bank of cabinets, use a brace made of 2 x 4s to hold the upper cabinet while you unscrew them.
To remove the old countertop, pull out the sink first, then use a pry bar to pull off the backsplash. Then, you can carefully lift off the countertop.
Note: You can do the plumbing yourself, but to save time it may be easier to hire a plumber.
Some of the existing cabinets may need to be cut in order to fit new appliances.
Note: If your countertops are more complex than just a basic square or rectangle, it's recommended that you consult a professional.
First dry fit the countertops. Before installing, add strips of particleboard buildup (Image 1) on top of the cabinets to help support the counter and make sure everything is the same height.
If the fit of the countertop is too tight you can either scribe the countertop or cut away a bit of the drywall to let it slide in easier. Cutting away the drywall with a chisel (Image 2) is an easier choice if you can get away with it. Use a Dremel tool to cut off the metal corner bead.
Join the two pieces of countertop together with the precut biscuit slots. Use wood glue on the biscuits then slide the pieces together.
To hold the two pieces together, use stretchable packing tape as a temporary clamp. To hold the counter down, drive screws into the counter from underneath. To flush up the tops hold the two pieces together with a clamp overnight.
Note: Before moving on to installing the appliances, the homeowner had to do a little homework that consisted of some touch-up painting, spackle the holes and mainly prepare the walls for the new backsplash.
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