Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling : DIY Granite Countertop Installation

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Granite is a difficult material to work with, so it's not advisable to install granite countertops by oneself. Learn how to get granite countertops with a little bit of help with help from a professional carpenter in this free video on granite countertops.

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This is Steve Anthony, I'm a professional carpenter. I work out of Miami and New York City. Let's talk a little bit about do-it-yourself granite counter top installation. My first bit of advice about do-it-yourself granite is don't do it yourself. This material is very hard to work with, it's extremely heavy and extremely expensive. And one mistake can ruin your entire project. I would highly recommend that you bring in somebody who is experienced in working with this material. Okay so if you are going to do it yourself make sure you take some thin strips of wood that you can glue together and create a template. Follow your existing counter top all the way around, every corner, every..so you have an exact shape of your counter top, the existing counter top in wood strips. You could just use a simple flooring strips or lathe or whatever any inexpensive thin wood strip that you can find. You can use Popsicle sticks if you wanted just glue them together, make the shape. So that it's exactly the shape of your existing countertops. Bring that to your granite guy, have him cut it to fit. And make sure that the base cabinets you are using are strong enough to hold up the heavy, heavy weight of the granite because it's much heavier than just a simple laminate counter top. And then make sure you have a masonry bit for your drill so you can drill from underneath and attach the granite to your base cabinets using masonry screws. And make sure that you use a good quality sealant around the back splash and any place that, that surfaces meet. Again this is a very big job, it's very specific job. I wouldn't recommend that you do it yourself but if you are going to make sure that you do your homework and get all your materials prepared and check it twice. Because any mistake is going to cost a ton in the long run.

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