Is it possible to seperate the cabinates & granite counter top once
the granite is installed? I would like to change the cabinate and re-
use the granite counter top. is that possible? or will i have to throw
out the granite slab along with the cabinates?
My contractor put big globs of silicone when laying down the granite. It
could be a pain to separate it later to install new cabinets. I could
imagine it would be ok laying the granite on top of the cabinets without
silicone as its not going anywhere. Also changing out the sink could be a
bitch as old cutout may no longer match with the new style sinks a few years
down the road.
I have had the reverse experience on two rental units.
The problem was water damage. You have to get a few steps above the bottom
of the line before the makers use something other than composition board for
the sides, back, "kickplate," and bottoms.
When this stuff stays wet (from a tiny water leak) it literally falls apart.
Even if the counter top is "glued" to the cabinets, it's usually possible
with a "saws all" to separate the counter from the cabinets, left the
counter off (sometimes with the sink still attached), and replace the
Yup! I had this happen in my apartment;there was a pinhole leak in the
kitchen sink faucet,the disposal rusted through and broke off,and the
cabinet bottem caved in. No water came out of the cabinet(until the
disposal broke off!),the bottom absorbed it all. I ended up putting a 3/4"
plywood sheet in.
Depends. If the granite is bonded directly to the cabinet tops it is
probably not possible without breaking it. If the cabinets are covered with
plywood attached only from below with the granite bonded to the plywood, you
MAY be able to remove the plywood with the granite still attached.
I have never tried this but if you don't want to save the old cabinets
you might be able to cut the cabinet about 2 inch below the counter-
top with a saw. Then you can flip the counter tops over and try to
break the bond between the cabinets and the counter-top. If silicone
was used, you should be able to remove the remaining wood. If epoxy
was used, it will be tough.
If you are trashing the cabinets that you remove, then it is
really easy to do this. If you want to save them, it is a bit
What we do is drill a small (1/2" hole at the top of the
cabinet face. Insert a cable saw through the hole and saw as
much of the adhesive as possible.
(For info on a cable saw, look here:)
When you can't reach anymore, drill another hole and start
sawing again, til you have cut all of the adhesive that you
can. You will probably have most of the adhesive cut except
for the side against any walls. Begin lifting the free side
of the granite using many wooden shims until you can get as
much free as possible.
Depending upon the adhesive, when you lift it at the front,
the back may break free on its own. If not, cut what you can
reach with a knife or chisel.
If you want to save the cabinets, then you have to start with
some shims and a hacksaw blade or a sawzall blade. The
process is the same.
Remember to lift it all along the countertop, evenly.
Done it many times.
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