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Old 09-25-2014, 04:54 PM   #1
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Challenging Solid Surface Repair






Every once in a while you run into a job that at your normal rates isnít cost effective to repair, but the challenge is just to0 great to resist. Such is the case here. My charges canít usually approach a down payment on new tops. This is a very small square footage job and with as cheap as granite is today, I knew Iíd have to eat some of this, but hey, I wasnít doing anything this afternoon anyway.

The wide seam is caused by the rounded edge on the left side, but the real challenge is eliminating the too-deep edge profiling as seen in the close-up. Of course there is no repair material or back splash from which to steal repair material, and my ogee edge bit does not match this ogee edge profile. I canít resist.





Fortunately the goof-balls that did this, I refuse to dignify them with the term ďinstallersĒ, couldnít measure overhang properly either, meaning they left the right side of the ďLĒ about ĹĒ too long. When I flip the piece over making the bottom the top and end for end and burying the too deeply profiled edge at the wall, Iím able to cut the new front edge with room for the required corner radius and provide material to replace the too-deep cut on the left side of the ďLĒ as pictured here.











When the bottom of my ogee bit equals the existing profile, the top of my bit is too high to profile the top cut and round the top shoulder as pictured. Iíll have to wing it, so I make the top cut with a small router with a straight bit and a straightedge and freehand the corner radius. Fortunately the homeowner had a can of Pam in the cabinet right above my head so I traced the bottom for a guide. That is not in any fabrication manual, Iím sure.




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Old 09-25-2014, 07:21 PM   #2
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???? WTF ?????? Kind of jiont was that original one, that's as gad awful terrible as the profile slip at the corner.

Great work, those repairs are a biotch aka require pulling deep from the bag of tricks/experience.... to pull off anywhere near decent
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Cool vacuum clamps. How long do you need to clamp for? Is is a vacuum pump or run from an air compressor?
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Nice work kowboy, looks like you pulled a diamond ring out of a pile of sh!t this time.
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Cool vacuum clamps. How long do you need to clamp for? Is is a vacuum pump or run from an air compressor?
They are run from a vacuum pump. Most solid surface guys use this same kit. It works real well at hold them pieces together i can tell ya. Some serious vacuum on them.
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wow, great repair!!! how did those guys walk away from that install and not want to shoot themselves?!
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Cool vacuum clamps. How long do you need to clamp for? Is is a vacuum pump or run from an air compressor?
Those are Gorilla Grips manufactured by my buddy Steve at Monument Toolworks. With the cams that hook under the rails, they will pull a bow out of a 3cm stone slab . The vacuum pump comes in the plastic tackle box with the clamps. Plug 'er in and go.

How long you clamp depends on the adhesive and the temperature. I place the adhesive in a baggie and put it in the customer's microwave for 5 seconds to speed up the catalyst. You can remove the clamps in about 10 minutes and machine in another 5 or so.

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