I'm going to have 4 counter size granite slabs loaded on to my truck. How do
I unload and place it on the counter top by myself? I could saw it in half
but don't really want to. I guess I need a gantry crane and hydraulic table.
Has anyone moved a good size slab by himself without breaking it or doing
damage to the kitchen cabinets, especially a slab with a kitchen sink cutout
or a large island slab?
they use large suction cup equipped handles and rubber lined tongs to move
these, like large and heavy glass panes. i would say it's going to be almost
impossible to do this yourself without the proper tools, especially if it
has cutouts which are WAY more fragile, without cracking it.
Where do you get anyone to do it for 100 bucks? 100 bucks would be just
enough for the plywood underlayment, color matching epoxy, and silicone
caulking. A set of diamond polishing pads is already $100 bucks not to
mention the diamond core bit. Labor here for laying the slabs for an average
kitchen with undermount cutout is around $1,250. I figure it would take me a
day with much of the time doing the undermount cutout, much less time for
overmount. Often a DIY'er would do a better job because he spends more time
and pay more attention to details so why would the results be inferior?
You will not be able to do this by yourself. Charlie is correct we
use handles equipped with suction cups to move pieces by hand and
always with more that one. Ggranite that is 3cm or about 1 1/4" thick
is 23 lbs per square foot. That's a lot of weight. Also, if you
twist a piece wrong it will snap in two.
I would suggest contacting a local granite fabricator and asking what
they charge for labor. Many fabricators will just install granite
pieces for you even though they didn't fabricate the piece. This
shouldn't be too terribly expensive (although I would guess more than
$100) It will probably save you a lot of money in the long run and
possibly some doctors bills for injured backs.
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