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DIY Fitting of Granite Worktops

These instructions explain the installation process for granite kitchen worktops and other things you should know about solid stone worktops.

Tools and equipment recommended:

DIY Granite Worktop Fitting - Tools


Before fitting / installing granite / stone worktops

An average 3m stone worktops needs at least 3 people to lift safely so make sure you have the manpower available.

Support worktops into corners and over appliances

Remove doors before fitting granite worktops

Trial fit granite worktops

Tips for heavy under-mounted sinks (Belfast type sinks):

Extra support for Belfast or stone sinks

Quick summary before fitting worktops:

Guide fitting / installation time - medium size kitchen – worktops can be fitted in 3-4 hours.


Stone / Granite Worktop Levelling and Overhang

Levelling Worktops

levelling granite worktops

Adjust base unit legsShims for levelling granite worktops

Tips to check stone / granite worktops are level:

Set stone / granite worktop overhang

After you have placed your worktops on the units, ensure overhangs are even and 30 to 50 mm from carcase (without doors fitted).

Overhang


Sinks, Hobs, Taps and Holes

Install taps, water filter taps, and/or mixers before sink installation are completed. You will have more working space; it is much often more difficult to fit these after the sink is installed.

Holes and cutou

 

General installation steps for over-mounted sinks

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Weight sink down

General installation steps for under-mounted sinks

For under-mounted sinks the cut-out dimensions have to be 10-20 mm less than the sink or the bowl inside dimensions.

Undermounted sinks usually have specially designed screw bolt brackets supplied with them. Please read the sink manufacturer’s instruction to find more detailed information but the normal process is:

Apply silicone to sink

tighten brackets evenly

Hob Installation

Before you install the hob into its cut-out, you should stick a foam seal around the hob to prevent anything from getting between the worktop and hob.


Gluing Stone / Granite Worktop Joints

You will need disposal gloves, masking tape and stanley knife blade

Masking

Glue Worktops and Base Units Together

Glue your worktops to your units using clear silicone running it around all edges where the units and supports touch the worktops. You should try to reach all places possible.

Glue worktops to units from underneath

Remove excess silicon with a damp cloth as soon as possible.


Gluing and Fitting Upstands, Backsplashes and Window Sills

Trial fit first, assuming all is satisfactory

Fitting Granite / Stone Worktops Tip:

Walls are rarely straight or square, so small gaps between the granite worktop and the wall are to be expected. You may also need to slightly modify walls next to the granite worktop upstand and wall or tiles to minimize gaps. We therefore advise fitting a splash back, upstands or tiling after your granite worktop is fitted.


Finishing Off

Seal between the worktops and walls/upstands/tiles with low-modulus silicone.

Before You Use Your Worktops Seal Them

Clean your worktops with a suitable cleaning solution then seal (proof) them before using.

Caring for Granite Worktops

Contact Craftsman Ltd. for care kits, so you could maintain the appearance of your worktops. Our company also provides after-care service to help keep your new granite worktops looking their best.


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