In fact , to install granite kitchen countertops is a most important thing in house decoration. And it is usually done by professional workers , which might cost much as well. Here we will introduce some steps which will help you have a better idea of how to install the granite countertop, and eventually you can learn to install it by yourself to save some cash.
Step A: Place an order of granite countertop.
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After cabinets are installed, it’s time to measure for the granite countertops. It’s wise to be very precise. Especially the position of the sink .
In this project a DIY granite countertop service provides the granite countertops, a modular system that eliminates expensive fabrication. The granite system requires sheets of ¾” plywood be laid on top of the cabinets to support the granite.
Granite comes in a myriad styles and choices. Personal selection depends on a variety of factors including overall design and style of the kitchen, color and type of cabinets and flooring, budget ,local availability of granite, individual taste, ect.
Be sure to note how much you want your countertop to overhang the face frames of the cabinets, typically 1" to 1 1/2". Also note which edges of the counter should have a bull-nose or other style of finished edge.
Allow 3 to 4 weeks, and sometimes
longer, for delivery. If one chooses to go with a granite fabricator,
the fabricator will commonly want to do its own measurements and
installation to insure precise fitting.
Step B: Prepare the Cabinets to Receive Granite Countertop
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Firstly ,to cut 3/4" plywood to fit on top of all the base cabinets. The plywood supports the granite and gives enough clearance for the bull-nose edging to clear the drawers and doors.
Make sure the plywood does not overhang the outside dimension of the cabinet.
To attach the plywood to the frame of the cabinets with screws, first drill a pilot hole to keep from splitting the hardwood face frame. Make sure to center the screws into the frames underneath.
Step C:Get things prepared to Install Granite Countertops
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You'll need help working with moving granite slabs. Some of the slabs alone can weigh more than 100kgs. Granite slabs can also be brittle, so handle them with utmost care.
Be sure to have space set aside to store the slabs before installation. It's best to store them as upright as possible, be careful to not let them break.
Your walls may not be perfectly square, so it's a great idea to create a template for the granite countertops. Use kraft paper (or a stiffer material) to make a template of the actual measurement of the countertop. (A template is easier to move around than making marks on a granite slab.)
If you need to scribe a slab to fit, apply duct tape to the base of the saw to protect the granite.
Use a circular saw with a dry-cut segmented diamond blade.
Test fit pieces that are cut, and be careful with long, thin pieces that could snap.
Step D: Cut the Plywood Sink Holes as per the template
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To cut the sink hole on the plywood is not as easy as it looks , you will need below steps to make it done:
1. Set granite in place for the sink counter, and trace the exact line around the opening for the sink onto the plywood sub-counter.
2. Remove the granite slabs that were dry-fitted only.
3. Use a spade bit to make a pilot hole in the plywood, and use a
jigsaw to cut the sink hole. Make it about 1/8" larger than the line you
4. Drop in the sink.
5. Before you lay the granite slabs back on top, lay down some cardboard to protect the sink overnight. You'll need to remove the cardboard before joining the granite seams.
Step E: Join the Granite Seams
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Level the seams for the slabs.
Use 1-1/4" screws to adjust the height of the slab from underneath to raise and lower the countertop.
Use a level to fine tune as tips of screws push from the underside of the slab.
The key point is to comply the two countertops with each other so that to ensure it is usage and good out-looking.
Step F:Glue Granite Countertops Down
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With others’ help, lift the granite and put half-dollar dollops of silicone around the perimeter of the cabinets (space about every 6" to 12").
Place a bead of caulk around the sink rim.
Apply second bead on top of sink rim to waterproof the gap between the sink and the countertop.
Lower the granite slab gently back down.
Step G: Glue the Seams
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First , tape over seam, to avoid tarnishing the countertops.
Next, to fill in the seams you'll start with a dollop of polyester-based resin and add a small amount of color, trying to match the color of the granite.
Mix with a putty knife.
Keep checking color against the stone. Create a few different colors to blend into the seam. Better asked some small piece of the same material from the fabricator ,so you can hammer them into dust then blend it into the glue, this way, the glue color would be resemble to the countertop .
Add the hardener (3 percent hardener to 97 percent resin), and mix only a workable amount as you only have about five minutes to apply.
Dab in and smooth as you go.
Apply a little lighter color here and there.
Apply the darkest color last.
Step H: Remove the residue glue
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As soon as you're done, pull off the masking tape so it doesn't dry on the tape.
After it's dried, about 30 minutes, smooth it out with a seam stone.
Use slow speed, and firm pressure.
Keep the stone moving in small circles, you'll feel when it's smooth.
Last but foremost , enjoy your wonderful kitchen with your family .
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