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20 Dec 2016 02:34 AM
    Hi guys,
    Not sure if I am trying to start something here or not.  I am starting to offer laminate countertops here in my local area about a hour northeast of Pittsburgh.  I live in a rural old coal and natural gas area.  Money is tight for most people but we do have a large hospital and university in our town of 14,000 that doubles when school is in session.  There is a granite guy in town but no stand alone laminate guy.  A few kitchen and bath shops that I am sure do their own tops...  I spent time in the army and then college and went right into contracting since 2009.  I was specializing in insulation back then.  I got tired of selling things that people can't see and starting doing general stuff in 2011.  I have been searching for something to specialize in since then.  I am hoping that I have found it.  I want to stick to laminate for a while as I am comfortable there and branch out later.  

    Big Questions:
    Is custom laminate to close in price to other higher quality materials?

    Do I have a large enough market to develop this into a full time gig?

    Thanks for any and all input you guys have.  I am all ears...
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    20 Dec 2016 05:18 PM
    Laminate is very popular in many areas. It is less expensive than the other countertop materials for sure. The template and installation will probably be about the same but the materials and fabrication labor.

    14,000 people doesn't sound like a lot. Around my area, handymen do well because their overhead is so low. They don't need a workshop just a nice van with lots of tools. As people age they can do less so they need additional help. It sounds like you're good at basic general constructions so you could always supplement countertops with other types of work.
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    08 Feb 2017 06:40 AM
    Hi Joe, we did very well with laminate work. Every house needs tops. Laminate is the less expensive but not by any mean cheap. One can do some fun stuff with the great patterns out there. We stopped doing laminate simply because some of our solid surface offerings have great on going sales that aren't that much more plus we can do the under mount sink with the solid surface. When we did laminate we did much of it on site so no shop needed. If there is one thing you do...please don't screw the substrate in from the top and laminate over the top of it. Do all your fastening from below . No need to glue them down either.
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    09 Feb 2017 06:22 PM
     When we did laminate we did much of it on site so no shop needed. If there is one thing you do...please don't screw the substrate in from the top and laminate over the top of it. Do all your fastening from below . No need to glue them down either. 
    Spoken as a man who has had to tear on out, for sure.  Bits and pieces, hopefully the face frame stays together.  UUGH
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    13 Feb 2017 11:07 PM
    That's hilarious.

    We have removed tile tops like that. The subtops are screwed from the top and then thinset schmerred into the screw heads. Impossible to remove.
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    15 Feb 2017 09:43 PM
    Do it in a Mobil Home, you don't worry about the face frame, you worry about the cab. Always had to rebuild.
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    18 Feb 2017 01:46 AM
    I actually have an additional charge for jobs that are in a mobile home of a manufactured home. It takes more time to rebuild the cabinets so that they can be properly supported.
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    18 Feb 2017 10:28 PM
    When I bid the Mobil Home job I always told the customer the base price and the price it would be if I had a lot of rebuilding to do.  They all understood and we kept the cab. damage to a minimum as much as we could.

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