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question on granite counter top installation

Ok so here is a pic of hte kitchen in the place I may buy today. i want to replace the counter of the island with granite. I want a black granite that is just rectangular. I also want to replace the counters around the sink with granite. How much do you guys think this would cost to do?

My girlfriend's dad can get the granite wholesale. If I have him get it, could I do the installation myself?


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yeah you can ancor it yourself, some places call for underside ancors some solid bases, you can simply constuction glue it down into place.

thats IF all solid peices are solid, and you dont need a seam mended.



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yeah, the stretches you have, you shouldn't have any trouble getting them in one piece(slab sizes do vary, but 11'3" is the longest I have seen, average is 9'-10'). Just remember to get alot of guys to help you carry it in. 3CM granite is approx20lb a square foot, and be careful of the sink cut out.

We use thinset mortar(just like setting tile) all along the edges of the cabinets. Its easier to shim the granite flat, and when it hardens, its solid. Unlike silicon, or caulks, which lets the piece flex, and possible crack around sinks.

Research your colors, as there are some price differences in the different colors (300+ varieties of colors and patterns, all natural) and black isn't the "hardest" stone, although it is granite.

Price for US (www.eashstoneworks.com) is average $85-$100 a square foot installed. There are alot of cheaper fabrictors out there, (and alot of different motorcycle shops) research who you have fabricate it, and post up pictures when its done..
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Man, I'm a carpenter and won't install granite myself, let a pro do it. The shit is heavy and if you fuck it up..who's gonna warranty it?

I had one job for a small kitchen and it ran $4k for the top installed w/ an undermount SS sink.
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