New countertop for kitchen sink


Hello, I will be replacing a badly deteriorating countertop for a kitchen sink in an old trailer house we own as a getaway on a small lake. The double sink is in ok condition to reuse I think. I went to Home Depot and bought about the right size formica countertop that would fit the space. Now I need to mark and cut out the opening in the countertop for the double sink. I was wondering if anyone could give me any pointers in doing this correctly so I don't end up wishing I had hired someone else to do it right. Again, it is for an old 1970's vintage trailer house so I'm not all that much concerned with getting a flawless job. I will be basically tearing out the whole counter including lower cabinet frame which included several drawers and a few larger doors and inner shelves. The whole thing measured about 8 ft long by 2 feet wide by about 3 feet high.
Thanks!
Steve
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Lay the old counter on top of the new one and trace the hole.
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And use a downcutting blade in your jigsaw to minimize chipout. Tom
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| > | > > Hello, | > > I will be replacing a badly deteriorating countertop for a kitchen | > > sink in an old trailer house we own as a getaway on a small lake. The | > > double sink is in ok condition to reuse I think. I went to Home Depot | > > and bought about the right size formica countertop that would fit the | > > space. Now I need to mark and cut out the opening in the countertop | > > for the double sink. I was wondering if anyone could give me any | > > pointers in doing this correctly so I don't end up wishing I had hired | > > someone else to do it right. | > | > Lay the old counter on top of the new one and trace the hole. | | And use a downcutting blade in your jigsaw to minimize chipout. Tom |
correct way for sink installation in laminate top.
use blue painters tape around perimeter where sink will be cut out. lay sink upside down, place in position on countertop. measure twice..........cut once. trace perimeter of sink with pencil. lift sink up. measure 5/16" inward (towards sink center) from original trace mark and connect marks. measure twice..........cut once. drill 4 corners with desired paddle bit w/spurs. cut countertop with jigsaw (w/downward tooth laminate cutting blade as tom said)
TIP cut front and back first screw a piece of scrap to the sink cutout (in center) overlapping the countertop. now cut the sides. the scrap piece will stop the cut out from falling into the hole.
leave a minimum of 2 1/2 in. in front of sink. and make sure faucet fits behind sink before cutting.
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Thank you for the good tips! Steve
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