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granite repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 18, 2022 02:38PM
the seam in our kitchen granite-top is in need of repair.
anyone done this?
whaja use? any vids to point to?



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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Buzz
Date: September 18, 2022 02:43PM
Clean seam really well. Mix same colored granite dust into epoxy. Float into clean seam. Tape, sand, polish, pray. Remove tape.
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Re: granite repair
Posted by: PeterW
Date: September 18, 2022 02:56PM
When you’re dealing with something that one of you has to look at every day you live in that house, maybe it’s worth calling the countertop guy and at least getting a price to do it right. Then you can go ahead and do a half-assed job that you’ll regret.
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Re: granite repair
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 18, 2022 03:06PM
Pics!



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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 18, 2022 03:06PM
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When you’re dealing with something that one of you has to look at every day you live in that house, maybe it’s worth calling the countertop guy and at least getting a price to do it right. Then you can go ahead and do a half-assed job that you’ll regret.

I've already regretted the half assed job the original installer did. Why not?
It's amazing that no matter how many contractors one interviews. unless the job is $25k, they don't give a brown steamy lump.
We found 3 at the time. Tossed the high and the low, for none $ reasons and still end up with a mediocre seam.

But it's a function of where we live. Too much $ north of us and too stoopit to the south.

"pray" ain't it so.



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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 18, 2022 03:12PM








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Re: granite repair
Posted by: PeterW
Date: September 18, 2022 03:31PM
Now that is a miserable seam. Even if you do a lousy job, it’ll look better than that. Where the heck did simple competence go?
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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 18, 2022 05:37PM
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Where the heck did simple competence go?

as I said, a function of where we live.
under priced, very busy, don't give a f'k.
contractors battle for price, give it away, then complain how much they have to work. Hence, my spouse and I have picked up some skills.
She redid the grout in the shower. Much better than the original contractor.

I've seen this in friends who are contractors. They don't charge enough for their skill set and experience.

When I do my gig, I charge as much as possible, and if the client says no, so be it. Sometimes they win, but many have to repair afterwards.

I'm just happy our mechanic is a great one.



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Re: granite repair
Posted by: John B.
Date: September 18, 2022 07:02PM
That looks like a seam centered right over a sink. What "pro" does that?

Having said that, I have a seam centered over my sink because I used reclaimed SileStone to re-do an existing kitchen countertop about 10 years ago. With my SileStone attached to the substrate using dabs of pure silicone, and using tile grout for the seams, nothing has happened in 10 years. (Since I got the SileStone for free, my cost to do the counters was a handheld wet saw, silicone, grout, and my time.)

Looks like moisture is getting through/around the seam, impacting the substrate, and causing the granite slabs to move. If the (plywood?) substrate is getting wet, this is going to be a recurring problem.
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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 18, 2022 07:58PM
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That looks like a seam centered right over a sink. What "pro" does that?

that was my thought after I saw it, but that's water under the bridge (so to speak).

Looks like moisture is getting through/around the seam, impacting the substrate, and causing the granite slabs to move. If the (plywood?) substrate is getting wet, this is going to be a recurring problem.

Water was. I fixed that today when I replaced the O rings in the spout.
But that was not causing the bad seam or any kind of shift. That is strictly the original install.



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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 19, 2022 12:59PM
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That looks like a seam centered right over a sink. What "pro" does that?

I believe it's actually pretty common to have the seam at the sink. That way, you have less "seam" (i.e. maybe 9" instead of 25") thus it is less "noticeable".

But I don't know about running it straight through the faucet hole (but it would make some sense to have the seam centered to the sink). I have an offset double basin sink, so my seam is next to the faucet hole, not through it.
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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 19, 2022 04:28PM
most of what I saw after the fact was 3 oblongs with the sink piece a whole piece in the middle. live/learn.



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Re: granite repair
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 19, 2022 05:21PM
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That looks like a seam centered right over a sink. What "pro" does that?

I believe it's actually pretty common to have the seam at the sink. That way, you have less "seam" (i.e. maybe 9" instead of 25") thus it is less "noticeable".

But I don't know about running it straight through the faucet hole (but it would make some sense to have the seam centered to the sink). I have an offset double basin sink, so my seam is next to the faucet hole, not through it.

Common, maybe. But the better installers would not put the seam there. Placed there the joint is small and easily broken. Placed elsewhere the seam is stronger from greater contact area and also can more easily be reinforced.
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Re: granite repair
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 19, 2022 06:03PM
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JoeH
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Gareth
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John B.
That looks like a seam centered right over a sink. What "pro" does that?

I believe it's actually pretty common to have the seam at the sink. That way, you have less "seam" (i.e. maybe 9" instead of 25") thus it is less "noticeable".

But I don't know about running it straight through the faucet hole (but it would make some sense to have the seam centered to the sink). I have an offset double basin sink, so my seam is next to the faucet hole, not through it.

Common, maybe. But the better installers would not put the seam there. Placed there the joint is small and easily broken. Placed elsewhere the seam is stronger from greater contact area and also can more easily be reinforced.

All I can say is my "sink" seam looks better than my 25" full length seam at the moment.
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