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Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

Posted by thedork (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 25, 13 at 13:08

I have a very tight fit between the range and counter - the range was on side when they did the template.

Should I use clear silicone to close even that tiny gap?
Did you use any? Is is getting dirty with time?
My countertop is Blizzard - white color and some people are suggesting white silicone vs clear.

I also have the same question for the side fridge panels and the countertop where they meet.

Thank you!


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

I think the gap will be more noticeable with clear caulk than matching caulk because the clear caulk will look dark in this case, so I'd use matching caulk if it's available.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

I wouldn't. It will look odd and make it difficult to pull the appliances in and out as needed.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

I wouldn't. It will look odd and make it difficult to pull the appliances in and out as needed.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

NEVER EVER caulk an appliance in place. You have to remove them to clean.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

I have a very tight space between the counter and range ... no caulk or silicone.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

Right - don't glue appliances to counters. I misunderstood the question.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

Why not?

What kind of caulk are you all using that doesn't peel up with a minimal effort? I want that!

Dork, if you don't want to glue your range in (and of course you don't! You just want to keep crud out of the crack), use whatever it is I keep using on my icky old kitchen sink--kitchen 'n' bath caulk. It comes right up whether you want it to or not. But normally nothing goes in the crack. If you DO go rogue and caulk it, TEST the caulk on a counter sample to be sure it won't leave a stain and that it can in fact peel off when it's time to refresh.

As far as counter to cabinetry panels by the fridge, I personally (and probably incorrectly) would caulk it because I do NOT want spills dripping back there.

Yeah, I'm a rebel. But we're not talking heavy duty stick-it-down caulk. Just the wimpy cheap stuff.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

Thank you all for the suggestions!

I guess I am not talking caulk but clear or white silicone only. I've seen it in my friends' houses and you can hardly tell there is something there. I guess I am afraid of some spills from the top of the range, moisture etc. going between the range and the cabinet.

Example: I like the Italian stove coffee makers and the other day I just forgot about that and there was coffee all over the countertop and maybe there is some in that gap also :)


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

There are many types of caulking (in order of ease of cleanup & removal): latex, acrylic, silicon, polyurethane, and combinations of the above. What you're calling "clear or white silicone only" is identical to silicone caulk, and it works very well, which is to say it's not particularly easy to remove. It can be done, but it's not easy.


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

I got it now :) thank you!


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RE: Minimal gap between range and countertop - clear silicone Q?

You might want to consider a non-adhesive solution - there are a number of companies that make T-shaped seals in a variety of materials to cover this gap. A couple possibilities:
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/47156-range-kleen-silicone-kleen-seam.html
Amazon search results for "oven gap guard"


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