January 1, 1999
Start with a sturdy wood underlayment, and plan the layout to get cut tiles in the back.
July 1, 1998
Q: I’d just done my first plastic-laminate countertop. When I thought I’d finished, someone pointed out that there was an air pocket under the laminate. Why do these air pockets occur,…
May 1, 1998
I used to use braces to hold a backsplash in place while the construction adhesive set up, as explained in the tip Gluing a backsplash. But it's a pain to…
March 1, 1998
With store-bought moldings and a router, you can give laminate counters the monolithic look of solid-surface material
November 1, 1997
As a kitchen-cabinet installer, I have scribed hundreds of countertops to fit irregular walls. Most require very little removal of material, but some require that I carve away as much…
September 1, 1997
One architect's rules for successfully integrating cabinets, shelves, desks and counters into the rooms they serve.
March 1, 1997
Attaching a backsplash to a kitchen counter can be awkward. The problem lies in finding adequate purchase for the braces that hold the backsplash to the wall while the glue…
March 1, 1996
An experienced fabricator explains the process from the templating to the final setting of the slabs.
September 1, 1995
We do a lot of kitchens with granite countertops, and we inevitably run into a problem when it comes time to affix the dishwasher to the underside of the counter.…
May 1, 1995
Q: I built a kitchen countertop using 1/4-in. oak parquet flooring glued to a 3/4-in. plywood substrate. Although I finished the parquet with epoxy, the area over the dishwasher delaminated almost…
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