How to Cut a Laminate Countertop Backsplash Outlet

Adding a prefabricated laminate countertop can give an attractive new look as part of a kitchen remodeling project.

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When installing the new laminate countertop, it is often necessary to cut openings in the countertop's backsplash for existing wall outlets or switches. The procedure for cutting the outlet openings insures accurate placement to complete the laminate countertop installation.

Layout the backsplash outlet location on the vertical surface of the backsplash, then mark the perimeter outline of the outlet opening using a pencil and straightedge. Verify that the outlet hole laid out is plumb and level with a torpedo level.

Drill a 1/4-inch hole at each inside corner of the outlet hole perimeter marked in Step 1 using an electric drill.

Cut the outlet opening in the backsplash using a jigsaw mounted with a fine-toothed, down-cutting wood blade to minimize chipping of the laminate at the edge of the cut.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Torpedo level
  • Electric drill
  • Drill bit, 1/4-inch
  • Jigsaw with fine-toothed, down-cutting wood blade

Tip

  • The edge of the torpedo level can be used as a straightedge in marking the outlet hole layout.

About the Author

Paul Massey has been writing since 2009, drawing on a 35-year career in the construction industry. His experience includes 15 years as a general building contractor specializing in architectural design, custom homes, commercial development and historic renovations.