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Making a Template

You will need the following tools.

Step 1. The first thing to do is to take a view on whether or not it's necessary to produce physical templates. If you have good straight walls and nice 90 degree corners, it's largely unnecessary. If the walls are a little out, the upstands or tiles cover a fair bit of spacing.

Step 2. Decide where the joints will be and what depth your worktops will be. If you're measuring unfinished carcasses, remember to allow for the door widths, end panels and the overhang. A popular width is 620mm.

Step 3. Measure the first piece of granite and either cut your template or mark it out on the plan. You can make all your lengths a little short to help facilitate fitting. Remember your upstands will cover small gaps.

Step 4. Repeat step three until all the pieces have been measured and recorded. If you are producing a physical template, lay it out to check the fit.

Step 5. Mark on the template the exact position of any cut outs. You need only mark the centre lines along with a distance from the front and back. Send the templates for the appliances along with the kitchen template to us. You may need to place the actual sink in the cabinet to get an accurate position, and this will likely require some alteration to the cabinets.

Step 6. Mark out the position of any draining grooves, tap holes, radial corners or other features. Mark all polished edges and joints.

Step 7. Make sure there are no low window sills or plug sockets in the way of the upstands and measure any window sills that you would like granite in. Measure up for a cooker backsplash if you're having one. It's generally good practice to cut the upstands on site, as you fit them. This is because the best way to get a millimetre perfect fit is to measure the upstands off each other, as you fix them in place.

If you have any questions you can always call us on 01869 324442. When the template is finished send it off to The Granite House, The Granite House, Unit 3a, Bessemer Close, Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK. OX26 6QE, including the appliance templates.

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Fitting Your Own Granite

By now the cabinets should have been levelled as much as possible and any under mounted appliances may need to have already been placed.

Step 1. Clear the site. Granite is very heavy and you do not want to trip over things whilst carrying it. Plan the order in which you will carry in the slabs, making sure you are thinking about the easiest way to lay the pieces. Carry granite vertically to avoid unnecessary stresses on it.

Step 2. Once the pieces are laid in position, you will most likely need to make some final adjustments to the levels. Often the easiest way is to adjust the feet on the cabinets slightly, but if that's not possible, use shims. Take your time over this, make sure you shim in places that offer the granite good support. It can be a bit fiddly making sure all the pieces are perfectly level, but for a good quality finish put the effort in here.

Step 3. Use a bonding agent to fix the granite to the worktops. We use a variety of products but a good quality stone silicone is normally preferred.

Step 4. Fix the upstands in place, cutting them to length as you go. You can fix them with the same product used on the worktops. Cut the upstands to length one at a time as you fix them for the best possible finish.

Step 5. Mask up the joints with masking tape. One strip of tape down each side of the joint.

Step 6. Use your bonding agent again to seal the joints. You should be sealing the joints between any adjacent pieces and all the points where the upstands meet the worktops. Again, this is worth taking your time over. A well done joint is difficult to feel with the fingertips and does not jump out at the eye.

Step 7. On rare occasions it may be necessary to blend in joints on the bottom edge of the granite. This occurs mainly on large kitchens where more than one slab has been used. Slabs can vary in thickness very slightly. To blend in these joints, use a low grit diamond pad with a variable speed grinder (or something similar). It takes around 30 seconds to put a slight gradient on one piece, leaving a perfect joint.

Step 8. Remove the masking tape, clean and then seal your granite.

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