About to install a new cooktop into an existing "hole" in the counter
Counter-top is a cheapish laminate over the top of plywood. To install
the cooktop, I have to use woodscrews, as I can't find a cooktop that
fits the cutout in the countertop.
Anyway, hope to do that this afternoon, but it just occured to me that
I will be drilling pilot holes and then installing the woodscrews into
the "ends" or edges of the plywood....if that makes sense...in other
words, sort of between the layers of the plywood itself.
So, now I am worried about ruining the plywood (causing it to "swell-
up" or crack or something).
Is this a legitimate concern...Any way to minimize the problem -- if
there is one?
The cooktop edges rest OK on the countertop, so it is being held up by
the countertop without any clips or screws at all, but it slides
around a lot. The cooktop kit says to install four wood screws (not
included) all around the each side of the cooktop to keep it in place
where you want it.
Then they tell you to install the retaining clips included in the
"cooktop package," which screw into the bottom of the counter top and
hook into the bottom of the cooking unit.But the instructions
say....and I need to also, put in the woodscrews first.
Here's the text from the instructions:
Set the cooktop into the countertop cutout.
NOTE: Do not use caulking compound;
Models: 26" and 36" (36"X18") Coil Elements
Set the cooktop into the contertop cutout. Lift the
cooktop and fasten the ends of the box to the counter
with wood screws (figure 11). Lower the cooktop.
Align the knobs on the shafts and press down with
even pressure. After setting the unit into the opening,
all remaining work must be done from inside the
And, a link to the PDF with the manual (Page 5 is the relevant page,
and it's Step #2 (26" and 36" coil elements cooktops):
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