Plan to do a DIY butcherblock countertop installation? Butcherblock tops are not difficult to install, but they require that care be taken to avoid common pitfalls..
We will summarize the directions provided by John Boos for countertop installation:
Inspection - Be sure to properly inspect your counter top or island top upon receipt. Any damage found must be noted at the time of delivery. In the event that you find damage after delivery it is imperative to notify the company from whom you purchased the top.
Acclimatization - Once received you need to give your block about 3 days to adjust to the temperature and humidity in your home, or wherever it will be installed. This allows the block to stabilize in its new environment. The best way to do this is to remove the packaging and place the block on 2 x 4's to allow air flow to both sides of the block. If you place the block directly on the floor, the block may cup as the top side adjusts to its new surroundings faster than the bottom.
Installation - When it comes to the installation itself, the most important thing to understand is that the block (and all natural hardwood products) will expand and contract throughout the year with changes in temperature and season. This make it critical to install it in a way that allows for expansion and contraction.
A Few Key Installation Related Points
Installation Steps: (diagram below)
Installing Backsplash - Backsplash may be attached to the top before installation by drilling pilot holes and screwing through the bottom of the block into the backsplash. Alternatively, for backsplash only, silicone calk can be used to attach it.
Installing Around Appliances - You will need to take special care if you are installing countertop with a sink or stove cutout. Stove cutouts should be insulated to avoid transfering heat to the top, and sink cutouts should be installed with a rubberized joint sealant to allow expansion and contraction while protecting the block from moisture. Tops installed over a dishwasher must have vapor barrier to protect them from moisture.
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