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    everything but the kitchen sink

    it's been a week and I just now got around to this.
    Installed a new counter-top and kitchen sink at my Dad's house, thought I'd share a little info on what not to do when installing a new counter-top and sink...

    #1- No matter what else you have going on, when the new counter-top arrives, install it the same day. What happened was, I had a couple hot web clients demanding their sites early. So the new unit comes in, I tell my Dad I'm swamped, it'll have to wait a couple days. Mistake #1. So the new counter-top goes into the garage, in the box but on the concrete floor. What I did not know is that counter-tops have to kept in room temperature. It said so inside the box, which of course I did not open until 3 days later.
    It's a little cold here in Illinois this time of year, so what happened is the counter-top warped. Pretty badly too. I had a lot of fun trying to level it. A lot of fun.

    #2- make sure the under-counter-top "build-up" is the correct thickness, or you end up with a problem at the backsplash. Which of course happened to me too. I ordered the right thickness, but of course I did not get what I ordered. and found it 3 days later.

    #3- avoid two piece counter-tops from Menard's. it looked like a blind man mitred the seam, had a lot of fun with that too.

    #4- Don't order counter-tops from Menard's period. They won't take it back, even if the build up is not to spec. And that's really BS.

    #5- Never replace metal piping P-Trap with plastic. I couldn't see thru the white plastic bag the kit came in. When I opened it, here was a load of adapters, and of course after the sink was installed, all the piping leaked at those adapters. Had to go buy metal. At least that one was on Dad, he wanted plastic.

    #6- Do not listen to the advice of Menard's sales people. The sink is granite. So they tell me use this silicone caulk. So the caulk doesn't harden at the drains, had to go back yet again and buy plumbers putty.

    #7- oh, forgot this one, make sure the faucet is facing the right direction, I got it turned around and had to take it off- because the handle couldn't do off and on since it was facing backwards, lol

    hopefully someone can either benefit from my mistakes, or get a laugh

    it doesn't look too bad though, took a couple pics


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    Wow, nice job. That looks really heavy. We have marble at work, and they are heavy.

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    Looks great after all that hard work.

    Mad haggis post makes sense too!

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    Thanks guys!
    and I forgot to mention
    #8- Don't tell any of your friends you just installed a new counter-top. Now I have 2 friends that want theirs done by me lol...
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    nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettoside
    What I did not know is that counter-tops have to kept in room temperature. It said so inside the box, which of course I did not open until 3 days later.
    It's a little cold here in Illinois this time of year, so what happened is the counter-top warped. Pretty badly too. I had a lot of fun trying to level it. A lot of fun.
    Yup...same with wooden floors. Pretty much all construction, expansion/contraction...let materials acclimate first.
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    Looks Fantastic. Excellent job Ghetto.
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    judging by the install, i can see where you get the name --"Ghetto" from...

    j/k bro, looks good !
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    Quote Originally Posted by knightmare
    judging by the install, i can see where you get the name --"Ghetto" from...

    j/k bro, looks good !
    LOL
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