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How Can I Remove A Granite Bench Top Without Damaging It?

Because granite bench tops are designed to last a lifetime, they are installed as securely as possible. Unfortunately, if you need to replace the cabinet below the bench or you are renovating your home, you will need to remove the bench top in order for work to progress. If you hope to reuse the stone or to sell it, you will need to remove it without damage.

Step 1: Begin by removing the backsplash, which may or may not be attached to the bench top. Run a utility knife around the edge of the backsplash to cut through the silicone, then place the edge of a crowbar behind the panel and use it to pry the backsplash free.

Step 2: If there are any faucets or sinks embedded into the granite bench, you will need to remove them. Use the utility knife to cut through the caulk and silicone holding these fixtures in place.

Step 3: You will need several helpers for this step. Place a few crowbars under the granite bench tops, at the corners of the cabinets. Equal pressure must be applied to the perimeter of the bench so that the entire slab can be pried up at once, as granite does not bend.

Step 4: Tap each of the crowbars with a hammer, being extra careful that you do not accidentally hit the granite. As the bench top begins to loosen, place some more crowbars at other corners or joints and continue tapping.

Step 5: Once the bench top has begun to be lifted clear of the cabinets, you can use a saw to cut through any visible screws. Your helpers can then lift the granite clear of the bench and onto the floor. Do not rush, as this can cause you to make a mistake that damages the stone.

Removing a granite bench top is not a one person job and you will definitely need to enlist the help of a number of able-bodied helpers. On the off chance that the stone still does break or crack during removal, keep in mind that you may still be able to reuse or sell the larger pieces; just try not to break them any more than is necessary.