Replacing Cabinets While Leaving Granite


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Old 10-20-13, 08:31 PM
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Replacing Cabinets While Leaving Granite

I have all of my lower cabinets removed after some water damage on the floor, and two very large piece of granite are being held up by 2x4s from the removal company. If I order cabinets to fit the kitchen, they're not going to be exactly the right height, so I need to slide them in and shim them up to the correct height (about 36"). Since this seems like a fairly fragile task, has anyone here done something similar? If so, what tips would you have for preventing any damage to the granite?

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Old 10-21-13, 03:33 AM
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Although addressed somewhat in http://www.doityourself.com/forum/ca...net-sides.html, I would definitely have your cabinet crew and the granite guy here at the same time. It is not DIY friendly at all. The granite should have been removed along with all the sink periphery, allowing for cabinets to be installed, then the granite replaced and joints reglued and smoothed.
 
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Old 10-21-13, 03:43 AM
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chandler is correct. However I suspect you want to save some money and perhaps a counter top installer may not take on this type of job. Since you say the new cabinets must be shimmed up I would use 2 x 4's just a tad longer to lift up the edge of the counter top. You should then be able to slid the new cabinets in and add shims as needed. Remove any caulking or fastening that might be holding the back edge of the counter top to the wall but be sure its support.

PS... after looking at the pic again, remove the plumbing and sink. It will allow to you make the job a lot easier.
 
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Old 10-21-13, 06:30 AM
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Thanks guys. The reason I was asking is the insurance company only paid to have the cabinets removed and propped up as you see here. Anything beyond that is my issue, and if it breaks, I'd have to buy new granite. Every granite installer or cabinet maker I've asked will not guarantee that they won't break the granite. I figured I'd be more upset if someone else broke it and I had to pay an extra $7k rather than me breaking it. The since is not really removable without removing a very long piece of plywood covering that whole side of the granite. I'll ask insurance if there's any leeway.
 
 

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