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Old 12-01-2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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2013 FC Replace the countertops...

We have a 2013 Flying Cloud...
I am considering replacing the countertops with butcherblock material. Where can I find the method to remove the existing countertops? Not sure how to remove the metal strip that goes around the wall edge. Why is this there and how is it removed? I vwould like to remove the existing countertop and use it as a template for a replacement...Any ideas?

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The metal strip is there to close the gap between the wall and the countertop. It is generally fastened to the countertop with pneumatically driven nails, prior to the countertop being put in place, and will come off with the countertop.

How Airstream fastens the countertops to the cabinets in the new models is something I have no experience with. The old ones (60's and 70's) had lots of screws and angle clips and scrap metal parts underneath that you have to struggle with and locate. And no two were identical.
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We have a 2013 Flying Cloud...
I am considering replacing the countertops with butcherblock material. Where can I find the method to remove the existing countertops? Not sure how to remove the metal strip that goes around the wall edge. Why is this there and how is it removed? I vwould like to remove the existing countertop and use it as a template for a replacement...Any ideas?

John Taggart
John,

We started the replacement of our 2014 30' FC countertops with Ikea butcherblock today. Removal of the old countertops is pretty straight forward. Remove the sink, faucet, and stove few screws and its out... well almost. The three screws in the front were though front brace above the microwave were completely hidden and not really screwed in to the countertop . Two of three were only touching the countertop the third was in maybe two or three threads I thought they had glued it down oh well one good yank and it came free with no damage.

There is an angle Bracket they used to support the back of the countertop it is attached with 5 screws. The edge wall piece is attached to the back edge of the countertop with a few screws. We are going to attach it to the new butcher block countertop.

We are using the old countertop as a template. We cut the holes for the sink and new induction cooktop tomorrow. Be careful with the sink cutout there is not much space between our sink and the front of the cabinet .. the increased height changed the measurements slightly because of the curve of the outside wall moves the countertop inward.

More tomorrow with pictures. Unless I screw up the cutouts then ........

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Looking forward to pics
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The white knuckle part of cutting is done. Everything fits ! Next will remove and seal the butcher block with four coats of Waterlox reinstall the metal trim from the original countertop then do the final installation.

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Great progress. Looks AWESOME!!!!!


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Great progress. Looks AWESOME!!!!!
Thanks Lew. Plan to put the upgraded solar and Lithium batteries to the test with the induction cooktop.
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Thanks Lew. Plan to put the upgraded solar and Lithium batteries to the test with the induction cooktop.
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Cool! Keep me posted!!!
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