DIY projects have taken the internet by storm. DIY cuts down your costs and expenses and also makes you self-sufficient. When you start your kitchen remodel or renovation, the costs can escalate really quickly. For that you can reuse and remove the old countertop which will immensely reduce costs.
There are two ways to remove your old kitchen countertop.
- Hire a professional
- DIY countertop removal
Hiring a Professional
A professional will remove your old countertop easily and efficiently as they are experts in their jobs. There will be less chances of breakage and chipping and full safety will be ensured of your countertop. Sometimes light countertops can be easily removed but heavy countertops such as quartz, granite or any other heavy stone require an expert. If it’s your first time without any prior experience, then it is best to call in an expert to remove.
There are some junk removal Palm Beach services that offer countertop removal. You can also check with them.
DIY Countertop Removal
If you are really in to DIY and want to cut down costs, then you should remove the countertop yourself. Light weight countertops can be easily removed. However, there will be many that you will need and also you will need to follow the steps below to efficiently remove your old countertop.
1. Remove All the Stuff
You will need to clear your countertop for any eatables, utensils, appliances and machinery. Then you will need to remove the drawers and cabinets below the countertop for easy access in removing and preventing dust entering in the drawers.
2. The Supply Lines Should Be Disconnected
All the switches and boards should be disconnected and covered to prevent currents. Wear safety gloves and rubber slippers to avoid getting electrocuted. The gas lines should also be switched off. The pipelines, the garbage drains and other water supply lines should be completely turned off and buckets should be placed beneath them for extra leaking water.
3. Removing the Sink
The next step is to remove the sink. Wear safety gloves and use a putty knife or a scraping knife and gently remove the sink. Use a caulk softener to scrape off and remove any adhesive on the sink and countertop. Gently lift the countertop. Sometimes the countertops are really heavy so you may require assistance.
4. Removing the Adhesive
When the countertop was fixed initially, adhesive and sealant would have been used. Spray a caulk softener on the remaining adhesive and leave it for an hour, then gently scrape it off using a putty knife. Slowly remove all the debris from the countertop until it gets loose.
5. Remove the Screws and Nails
Many times the countertop is also screwed on the cabinets and nails have been used. Using a screwdriver, unfasten all the screws and use a plier for removing all the nails. Gently hammer the nails so that no one gets hurt.
6. Lift It Off
Use a pry bar to gently lift the countertop from the cabinets making sure nothing gets damaged in the process. Make sure you have assistance in lifting the countertops.
If your countertop is huge then use a saw and goggles to safely cut the countertop in pieces for easy lifting. Once removed call a dumpster to safely dispose of the countertop.
Removing the countertop, yourself sure has its benefits but make sure to have all the safety tools handy and save your cabinets and appliances. You then use a junk removal palm beach county service to get it removed.