How to remove granite bar top?

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Old 11-08-12, 07:52 AM
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How to remove granite bar top?

Hi, we are tearing down a half wall - with granite bar-top to open the kitchen to dining room. the Granite is 2ft x 5ft and an inch thick and has an overhang on both sides...suspended with 4 L brackets on the narrow half-wall. see picture. i've considered using a reciprocal saw to cut through the drywall underneath with some friends holding the granite so it doesn' t fall. not sure what else to do to get this down, any suggestions?
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Old 11-08-12, 08:22 AM
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It's probably glued down with construction adhesive or silicone caulk. I would remove the L brackets. Cut along any edges that may be caulked and try rocking it to break the glue joint.
 
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removing bar and post

How can we tell if the post from floor to ceiling in this bar picture is some kind of load bearing? or does that make sense?
this was a full ceiling to floor wall from kitchen to dining room before it was cut down to half-size for the granite bar and they did not take down the post , there was a light switch and phone jack left in the post facing inward the kitchen and those have been removed because we want to take it all down. What should we look for as far as overhead structural issues? THanks,
 
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Easiest is to find which way the joists in the ceiling run. If they are parallel to your short wall section (post & bar) then it's probably not load bearing. If they run perpendicular (90 degrees) then you should look for a beam or header in that area. If there is one than it may be load bearing.
 
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How can we tell if the post from floor to ceiling in this bar picture is some kind of load bearing? ... What should we look for as far as overhead structural issues?
Does that post tie into a beam or into the flat ceiling?
 
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The load bearing issue is being handled. Do you have a contingency for flooring the area you will vacate by removing the wall? What is your flooring...wood, tile, etc.? As far as removing the granite, a multimaster could help by slicing under the granite and into the silicone adhesive, allowing you to rock it off the plate.
 
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