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Old 03-12-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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has anyone had granite added to kitchens as remodel?

have you had to use some type of support underneath because of the heavy overhang?

what do you consider to be TOO wide a seam where sections join--
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:56 AM
 
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I had one of those step up breakfast bars remodeled on a property and made it a flat surface. We had to construct extensions on each side to put a leg out, perpendicular "I" shape on each end to support the slab. I like very tight seams, mimimum 1/8" and on every job I make sure the contractor knows this. After my first concrete install in 1993, I learned to be very vocal about it. However there are some wonderful colored putty fillers (made as wood fillers, you can get a Elliott's Hardware) that do a great job blending seams.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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like the backsplash and like the look of the lower bar area--
have seen that done very effectively in some photos where the bar is more like semi-circle table--
makes great conversation/snack area

I did not research last night--seems that 1/8 inch is sort of industry standard but there are fabricators who can make them tighter than that
have friend who had kitchen redone--kept cabinets but they were repainted==switched Formica for Uba Tuba granite/new backsplash/new cabinet hardware--

think the granite fabricators just did a really sloppy job--
she has many runs with seams that are WIDE--look more like 1/4 inch--the filler used seems lighter than the green Uba Tuba so when it dries will be lighter still--
and the way they supported underneath the raised bar--the top of that cabinet run must have been uneven--lust laid granite on top of the cut sheetrock panels and the interior 2x4 framing--
there are places where the shims are stacked 3 or 4 and other places where they are 1 or 2--
then the support steel strips are not NOTCHED into the cabinet top--just laid on top--so the granite sits on top of them--

You can see underneath that bar from the den area--and it looks pretty crappy...
to me
she is upset
her SIL who is builder for small office plexes and who is one who sent her to the granite place she got the granite slabs and the fabricators has used them before on his jobs--
he said they will come back Monday and fix the problem--
but the bar top is in three sections--
hope they can get it off w/o damaging the granite or the counter

NOT work I would be happy with--
she has only paid half--so she does have some leverage

my husband said there were cuts around her sink area on the lower counter as well--
it is angled into the counter run--not a straight fit--so they probably thought it was safer to use sections vs having it break under tension of move...

but the seams just seem really sloppy--especially in some corners...
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