Countertops test fitted
Countertops test fitted

May is here, and so are our countertops! Plywood on the cabinets functioned as our countertops for a few weeks, but these Wilsonart tops are much prettier.

What a test fit revealed
What a test fit revealed

Unfortunately, quality control was somewhat lacking. This has almost become the norm for many of our purchases. As I mentioned previously, we had to have 12 of the cabinet doors replaced. When I test fitted the counters, I was kinda perplexed at a large gap along the back. This space was so large I could fit my pinky into it. Certainly, the walls or cabinets are not that far outta plum!

Grabbing my trusty speed square showed where the problem was. Apparently, the jig used by the countertop manufacturer was significantly outta square.

Marked & ready to plane
Marked & ready to plane

Grabbing another handy tool, an electric hand planer, helped to rectify the problem. Tho I was somewhat frustrated on having to fix yet another defective product, I seem to feel a bit better if I just accept that this is part of the process and just get it done.

Next up, install the sink and faucet. More frustration. The “standard” size sink does not fit into the “standard” size opening. Again, “this is just part of the process” I tell myself.

Prepping the sink for install
Prepping the sink for install

So after a very long day (which shoulda been a half day), we have countertops, a sink, faucet and running water.

In spite of the extra effort required on this day, I’m quite happy with the results. But I certainly have no raves for the manufacturers.

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