We have 3 different countertops is the kitchen and we’ve been waiting for this last one made of LightCast by LightBlocks.
We had uncrated a piece of countertop earlier in the week so we laid a piece of thick black plastic under the particle board to keep it safe and dry.
It’s been in our driveway in a crate for 4 days and now our contractor and his helpers have muscled it onto the cabinets on the window side of the kitchen.
We put chairs on the crate in the driveway to stop us from accidentally backing over it.
They dry fit the countertop making sure the sink cutout lined up with the sink. (I wasn’t there but when I stopped by in the middle of the day the carpenter said they beat it into place. Yikes!)
The sarcophagus is empty.
Since our contractor (nor anyone else in our region apparently) has never installed this material I emailed the company for some installation details.
I wrote: Hi Jenn,
We received our Lightcast countertops today. Thanks for fabricating and shipping.
Our contractor would light to know any details of installation like what adhesive to use. I presume no screws are necessary. Is there any special procedure? I understand it can be trimmed with a jigsaw if necessary.
Thanks for any info you can furnish.
The reply from LightBlocks is as follows: Hi Jo,
This can NOT be trimmed with a jig saw.
If you need to trim it should be done with a hand router and a straight edge and only a little should be trimmed at a time. It should also be fully supported underneath while trimming, clamped to mdf board or something similar.
If you find you need to cut these pieces let me know and I can have someone in our office call your installer to walk them through this.
For adhesive, you can use silicone or liquid nails FRP. Make sure not to get any adhesive on the face of the material as it will leave a permanent shiny mark.
Let me know if you need any other info.
The small end cabinet was permanently installed before the countertop was put in place.
LightCast is translucent so fastening it down with screws is not an option. Instead a bead of silicone was carefully put down on the counters.
We’re leaving the protective paper on the countertop until the backsplash tile has been grouted.
Then the Royal Grey honed limestone backsplash which matches the one across the kitchen over the stainless steel counter was installed.
Unfortunately the backsplash cannot be totally finished until the missing upper cabinet is delivered.
After the grout sets we can peel back the protective film from the top of the counters.
We’re even getting tiled behind the stove.
How eager are you to pull back the figurative “protective film” in your life?