M’Lady has been finding ants around her kitchen. I’ve been battling LFA’s [little fire ants] around the property and have them much more under control now. But, we seem to have occasional small outbreaks in the kitchen. They seem to be centered in breaks in the tile grouting.
The corner between the counter top and the splashback have many broken and cracked areas. I’m pretty sure these can be fixed by simply re-grouting the joints between the counter and the wall.
Of a more serious nature is the area between the tiles and the oak counter edging in the vicinity of the sink. The oak edging is showing definite signs of rot. I think it needs to be removed in order to see if, what and how much damage there is to the wood materials underneath the tiles.
The edging appears to have small rectangular spots of wood putty along its face. I assume this means it has been nailed on. I’m very leery of doing damage while disassembling the counter that would turn a relatively minor replace edging and re-grout job into a major rebuild.
I’m thinking that the sink will need to be removed.
That looks to be pretty straightforward.
I’m afraid that more than just nails are holding the edging on.
The edging along the sink is mitered in by the edging on the two adjacent counter legs.
They will need to be removed to get the bad one out.
How to feel out the best way to remove those three edging pieces?
-- Every mighty oak is nothing more than a nut that has stood it's ground.