I am preparing to remove my existing kitchen counters, which are held by
screws from below. I have tiles right above, which I intend to keep. The
tiles, however, would prevent me from lifting backsplash and would allow it
to only be pulled/pried away from the wall together with the counters.
I hope that once the sink and the cooktop are out, I can just pull out the
counters with the backslash. But what are the chances that the backslash is
glued to the back wall and how to remove it in that case without damaging
the tiles above?
I removed my formica counter recently. Mine was 3 sections: two
13-inch sections, and one "main" 8-foot counter. I played with the
smaller section first, and found that when I lifted the counter, it
broke at the corner and left the backsplash on the wall (yes, glued).
So I had to pry out that section of backsplashove. On the larger
section, though, the backsplash didn't break away - it just came with
So I have two thoughts for you: first, along with scoring or
grout-sawing above the backsplash, I'd try to saw or break the joint
between the counter and backsplash, to make sure it didn't try to come
up with the counter in the first place. Then, once you're left with
just a backsplash, you should have enough room (once the bottom line of
grout is gone) to pry it just a bit away from the wall to break the
glue; then hammer downwards on it. Alternately, go from the side.
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