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Old 10-10-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
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sagging kitchen counter

Can someone please explain my sagging countertop in my kitchen on my 1976 28 ft MH? It seems to drop about an 1 1/2 inches into the corner just behind the 4 burner stovetop. Is there a method to properly raise the corner up so the counter is level again. How was this attached to the wall originally? Thanks in advance
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:42 PM   #2
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When we first purchased our Bambi (vintage) and prior to restoration... we had a sagging kitchen counter. Dry rot was the problem in ours. I would get under the cabinets the best you can with a strong light and look around to see what is going on. You might have to remove several items to actually see.... I am not sure if your counter attachment is anything like ours... Part wooden frame, and part riveted to wall with metal edge.

I would also check to see if anything else is really "sagging" ~ how is your frame?

If you can, post some pics so folks will see what the problem is and perhaps you will receive answers from more knowledgeable folks! Good luck!

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Old 10-11-2006, 07:58 AM   #3
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The back of the counter is held up by a piece of angle aluminum which is riveted to the wall with rivets (extra large heads on these rivets).

It's likely that one or more of the rivets has worked loose and the angle aluminum is of the wall allowing the counter to sag.

To repair, remove the stove and the countertop. You can then level the angle aluminum, drill new holes and replace the rivets. You can get these rivets ($30 for a box of 100) at Grainger or other industrial supply house. They are pop rivets so you'll need a pop rivet gun ($20 - $50).
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Old 10-15-2006, 07:33 PM   #4
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Thanks!!!! Pulled the oven and fixed the sagging counter, but encountered another problem I can't seem to troubleshoot. As I was removing the oven I shorted out the wires that connect to the oven. The light under the sink, the stove fan the furnace and the ceiling light in the bedroom does not work. I tried to reset the fuses in the fusebox, but this doesn't work. Any ideas?
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Old 10-16-2006, 04:52 AM   #5
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Any takers on this electical issue?
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:07 PM   #6
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Don't know how you shorted out the oven (microwave?), but I would really take a look at the recepticle that it pluged into.

Some questions:

How comfortable are you with electrical wiring? This stuff kills if you are not carefull.

When you went to reset the fuses (breaker?), did it blow right away? That would indicate a dead short. (No pun intended). Most likely where you unpluged the oven.

Did you try and reset with the oven disconnected? If it holds after you disconnect, then the oven is at fault.

Is your life insurance paid up? If you are uncertain, hire a pro.

Good luck with your electrical problem.

Be safe.

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Old 10-17-2006, 07:39 PM   #7
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Tnanks for the possible answers. As it turns out, a 25 amp fuse was the culprit. It was hiding over the inverter in the bathroom closet. I replaced the fuse and everything works!!!!!!! You guys are the greatest.
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