Hi, there was a big rain and somehow the board under my bathroom sink got
wet and moldy. I dried it off with a hair dryer but now it's all bent down
and I don't like it. I can't get the board out, it just chips off the edges
when I try to pry it up. So how can I get this out? And what do I do then
for a new board? Thanks!
If it's dry now and not smelly, why take it out? just cut a piece of plywood to
fit inside the cabinet and let it lie on top of it. You can fasten it in place
with construction adhesive around the edges ("Liquid Nails" is a popular
brand.) if you like, but gravity and what you place under the sink will
probably do a fine job of keeping it there without adhesive.
Best to experiment with some corrugated cardboard and cut and paste a piece
which you know will fit through the opening and flop neatly inte place. Then
use that to mark the plywood, or cut it yourself or take it to a friend or shop
with has the right tools to cut the plywood neatly for you. Many lumber yards
or even Home Depot will do that for you.
If you want to get fancy, cover the plywood with "Contact Paper" in the
pattern of your choice before you stick it under the sink.
Happy New Year,
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone to
More important, how do you keep it from getting wet again.
Probably, the waste pipe goes to the wall and goes down but
also goes up as an air vent pipe to the roof. If the flange
at the roof leaks, water will run down the outside of this
pipe and into the cabinet (and other places too). You need
to fix the leak at the roof before you fix the warped board.
Can't really tell you how to get the board out. Maybe you
can saw it in half or just break it with a hammer and
chisel. Or maybe just put a new board on top of it.
Depending on how the cabinet is built, you may not have the
room to put a single board in it but will need to use two or
It seems that your last post and this one have something in common. You
obviously have a water problem - maybe that's why your GFCI's keep tripping?
I would first solve the water problem, then worry about cosmetics.
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