I was looking online at granite countertops. They say installation is very
simple, requiring only a few tools. I can handle this...so far.... The
corners must be mitered and is cut with a standard skill saw with a diamond
tipped blade. Again they say this is simple. Now for the truth. Is it as
simple as they say (besides the fact that installing them is a nut buster)?
I feel using a skill saw will not cut very accurately and cause gaps in the
seam. Would a wet saw at a rental store handle cutting granite?
Everything is easy when you have the proper tools. A skill saw might be OK
for some cuts but without a jig to guide you, a freehand cut will look like
crap. It depends on how close your stock counter is to what you need. Is
there enough material to make a practice cut, you can at least try it out.
You'll never be able to bullnose it by yourself.
Just to let you know where I'm coming from. I do kitchens for an living and
I always sub out the granite. I will custom build cabinets and do all the
tile, electrical, plumbing, and all the other stuff myself, but I will not
do the granite.
"you can lead them to LINUX
but you can\'t make them THINK"
When I had my kitchen done I went to the shop and laid out the
templates on the granite. I like tools and looked around, 30" diamond water
feed saw with rollers in the tables. Then the had some kind of large water
feed diamond router with roller tables. I ask how he cut the sink out hand
held grinder with diamond wheels. On sight they did some cutting cook top
some pre cut pieces to length. All the on sight cuts were not visible. Now
he did tell me there are guys that cut it in there garage with circular saws
and diamond blades he said they pretty much give the trade a bad name. Why
don't you try cutting two 24" pieces of ply with a saw and a straight edges
see how that looks. After that experiment I don't think you would like to
try and cut a rock.
Thanks for the feedback. I thought they were feeding me a line of crap. I
think I will try to find a local contractor and see if they would be willing
to install the counter tops for me. The company said it should cost about
$500 to have a pro install the tops. Well worth the cost. Although they did
say many contractors are not too happy to install the tops if they are not
purchased from them.
If you insist on assisting with all these installations, you may pick up
enough tricks to some yourself. Unless you invest in a few specialized
tools, you probably can't go from rough slab to finished countertop but I
have seen a few kitchen stores that sell precut counter slabs, you only need
to trim to length and add holes. Is that $500 just for the installation
labor and cutting or does that include any materials (in which case it would
be a really good deal).
They are not happy because if there is a problem, it was caused by someone
else but they have to deal with it.
a sink ? a cook top? What about tear out of old counter top is that in
included ? What about the 1/2" plywood tops for granite to sit on? You
better get some quotes from installers not sales people.
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