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Old 03-03-2019, 10:50 AM   #1
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Removing Granite Top Without Breaking ?


usually , when we demo a kitchen , we don`t save the tops .
but this one i need to
its an " L" shape cabinet , and granite top.
they want to remove the return , which is a pass-thru now .they don`t want kitchen to have that pas-thru
i`m removing it , and putting up a wall.
so we want to save the cabinets , and the top
and there is a seam in the perfect place ( right at that "L"- joint )
think i can get inside that cabinet , and somehow disconnect that granite from the cabinet , and save both?
maybe cut the top supports of the cabinets , and replace them ?
or should i call the granite guy just to remove the tops
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:54 AM   #2
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think i can get inside that cabinet , and somehow disconnect that granite from the cabinet , and save both?
You mean with an oscillating tool perhaps?

What have you got to lose.

Because - its not like you are going to make any promises to the customer, right?

RIGHT?

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You mean with an oscillating tool perhaps?

What have you got to lose.

Because - its not like you are going to make any promises to the customer, right?

RIGHT?
right .
and the oscillating tool could work pretty good .
just pull out all drawers , and doors , and climb in there .
i could leave the piece there for the granite gu to clean up later , if he needs it
that piece will be about 36 inches deep
they can have it cut down to standard countertop dept and re-used along that new wall
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They should have used silicone to affix the top to the cabs, normally alone the front edge, cut this. Make sure the top feels loose.

Heat the seam with a heat gun, it should soften the adhesive enough for you to separate the sections. Be patient.

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usually , when we demo a kitchen , we don`t save the tops .

but this one i need to

its an " L" shape cabinet , and granite top.

they want to remove the return , which is a pass-thru now .they don`t want kitchen to have that pas-thru

i`m removing it , and putting up a wall.

so we want to save the cabinets , and the top

and there is a seam in the perfect place ( right at that "L"- joint )

think i can get inside that cabinet , and somehow disconnect that granite from the cabinet , and save both?

maybe cut the top supports of the cabinets , and replace them ?

or should i call the granite guy just to remove the tops
I successfully removed one because I wanted to put it in my own house...it ended up sitting around for years until I finally threw it out....but I digress.

I hammered wood shims around the perimeter of the cabinet until it just kinda popped off.

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My granite guy uses shims, a really long glazier's knife and a propane torch on the seam.

Rare that back edge is glued down usually just front and ends. There may be some popping of crystals along the seam. Sink area = anything goes depends on the type of stone
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Did you say they want to pay more to attempt to carefully remove the stone and store it? That's what you meant, right?
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Use a diamond blade in your circular saw, and cut about an inch or two away from the joint. Remove that piece and deal with the joint later. The shims are also my go to for getting it to separate from the cabinets. Usually there is very minimal adhesive there as the weight of the top means that only a little adhesive is actually needed.
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no .
if it looked like that , im mistaken.

no they want to pay me to remove it , and the will most likely use it on the new cabinet , against the new wall
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How did it go? I just pulled a granite top off a center island. You can run screws up from underneath in various spots and gradually work them up and it will usually pop free of the adhesive. The seam would be trickier as it should be epoxied together and may not want to come apart in one piece. As mentioned, I would cut about an inch past the seam and then have my fabricator handle the edge.
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I hand the same installers detach the top the same way they attached it.


Cambria requires their installers are the only ones to touch their product as well.
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Re: Removing Granite Top Without Breaking ?


When it comes to such requests, I save my self headaches and tell them to contact the granite company to remove and store. My granite guys don't want to take that liability.
Not to mention anything can happen while it's stored, or if it falls and breaks, or it falls on the customer...s^*t happens when you least expected, therefore the way I see it, you take enough responsibility during a remodeling project and the last thing you need to worry about this.

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