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how can I remove a granite countertop and reuse it?

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Posted 2013-12-17T05:12:05+0000  by hitnstif hitnstif

Hi hitnstif,


Thank you for your question and welcome to our community.


Since you want to reuse your granite counter top, you will want to exercise considerable care upon removing it.  The nice part about it is that is most likely fastened down with a caulking which is more likely to flex in the different temperatures.  If an epoxy was used, it may have bonded too well and will be very difficult to remove.


You will want to use your razor knife or even a hack saw blade to cut through the caulking on the underside of the granite.  To remove the caulking from the front of the cabinets, you can also use a strong piece of “thin wire”.  This is a bit more complicated but also works well.  Use a couple of pieces of a 1 inch dowel to make a handle for the wire. There are many types of granite.  Some may even have unseen fissures in them  that may crack when you try to remove it.  


You will probably need to remove all of the drawers and shelving so that you can get access to the underside of the counter top.  Make your cuts on the underside of the counter top both on the inside and outside.  



Once the cuts have been made, begin to gently pry up on the front lip of the counter top.  You may even need to use some wooden wedges to help you to get a start.  Remember that the granite counter top is ridged will not flex much so exercise great caution when prying it up.  This project is listed as medium to hard as far as projects go.  



Another option would be to contact the person/company who installed the counter top and have them come out and remove it. Since they do the installs on a regular basis, they will have a better knowledge on how to remove it.


Please let us know how your project turns out! If you can, film it with your digital camera and share your project with the rest of the community so that we all can learn more about counter top removal. Up load your video through our Project Library under "I Did This".


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Posted 2013-12-18T19:25:14+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
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