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Old 04-03-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Question Installing a granite countertop

My husband and I recently began remodeling our bathroom. We had the tile done by a professional (small natural looking stone tiles on mesh squares - it took 3 times as much grout as the installer thought it would but looks great!). We have put in a new vanity cabinet and ordered a granite vanity top that we now believe is going to be 1/8" too wide in some places but o.k. in others. Does anyone have experience in grinding down the sides of a granite counter who could tell us if it is possible, or advise us about this? My husband has a diamond grinder but he is concerned because he has never grinded polished granite and even though the sides will be next to a wall is concerned that it may chip the surface if he grinds it. Many advance thanks to anyone who can help!
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Sounds like an uneven wall. Have you considered trimming down the drywall a bit instead? That'll be much easier than trying to shave the granite slab down.
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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1/8th wide in some places? What places? There are only 4 sides and one goes against the wall. Where are these places? Counter tops, no matter what material they are made of, should overhang the vanity 1" on all exposed sides. So if you are against the wall you only have 2 exposed sides, the front and one side. Are you between 2 walls? In this case you can not and did not buy a ready made custom made top. In both these cases (against one side wall or between 2 side walls) you have a custom top cut specifically for you.

So what is off 1/8th? I can only guess you mean the niche (between walls) is not square and the top fits part way and hits partway. I do not advise you to try and grind it yourself. Instead do what the previous poster said and shave the drywall a bit. Then caulk it in. But it really should have side splashes as well as a back splash.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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Caulk is your friend, especially for only 1/8". Just do a good job, not big blobs.
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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Do not grind the stone. Too many things can happen if you try to grind or cut the granite, and all of them are bad. If it's a gap of 1/8" or less, caulk the joint. There are colored caulks available that should blend in with the stone. No need to shave the drywall either.

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