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Install Granite Countertops

Updated:2013-09-09 15:46:38

Granite countertops are a lovely addition to any kitchen or bath. Because of the nature of the granite product, until recently, it was hard for a do-it-yourselfer to do. But now there are pre-shaped granite products that come with detailed directions on how to install granite countertops that allow even a novice to successfully complete the project. If you have a kitchen or bath area that you want to install countertops which has more than one corner or any unique features, you may still want to consider hiring a professional. Otherwise a one- or two-piece installation should be fairly easy if you follow these directions.

                                                                

Install your cabinets. Make sure they are level and securely attached to the floor and wall.
Make sure walls are square. If they aren’t, make necessary allowances as you take measurements.
Use Kraft paper or other lightweight, solid material to create a template of the countertop. Precisely mark the location of the sink hole and any other cuts in the granite.
Decide what kind of edge you want on the countertop. Allow for an overhang on your template.
Choose your granite material. You may want to also choose matching material for a backsplash.
Get installation advice from the supplier on how to install granite countertops. As you make your final decision, double-check your template for accuracy.
Prepare the Cabinets to Hold the Weight of the Granite
Install ?-inch (1.905-centimeter) plywood to the tops of the cabinets. This supports the added weight of the granite. Cut the plywood even with the front of the cabinets.
Make sure the plywood sets level on all the cabinets.
Attach the plywood to the cabinets with screws. Drill pilot holes into the cabinet first to prevent the wood from splitting.
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