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Unread 03-04-2004, 02:07 PM   #1
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Question Handling existing back splash transition

Hi all! Attached is a photo of an existing formica counter top and back splash. The inside corner has a metal transition with 1/4" vertical and 3/16" horizontal exposed. The edging at the top of the back splash sticks out 1/4".

I plan to tile over the counter top, which does have 3/4" plywood backing. What should I do about the back splash?

If I plan to remove it, can I be sure that the corner transition extends behind the back splash instead of under the counter? I don't want to have to remove the formica counter top.

Or should I attach CBU over the back splash to fill in the 1/4" "valley" between metal railings, and tile over everything?

And / or put new transitions over the top of the old ones? Or cover them with grout?


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Unread 03-04-2004, 04:37 PM   #2
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Hi Tom, Welcome

Since you're redoing anyway, I would practice taking a piece off, and see how it's all put together. What have you got to loose?
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Unread 03-04-2004, 10:50 PM   #3
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Hi Tom,
All of the trim is attached to the backplash piece of plam, none of it is attached to the counter. Rip it off!
(be careful of your paint around the splash)
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