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Question DetailsAsked on 11/26/2017

Removing an indoor grill, what do I do with the hole left behind in my granite countertop?

We have an indoor grill installed in the granite countertop in our kitchen. We would like to remove that & make it into a single countertop again. How do we do that? Can you place a new piece of granite in the hole left behind or do you have to replace the entire countertop?

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Replacing the countertop (or that section) is done - but is extreme measure and high cost.


Depending on where this cutout is located, some people just fill it in (using silicone strip sealer - either tube type or epoxy adhesive for permanent installation, or preformed roll strip for removeable depending on whether you want the filler item removeable) using one of many things - usually as a raised surface:


1) a slightly raised cutting board of wood or corian or nylon or hardwood (which should be removeable for cleaning)


2) a stainless steel insert to use as a hot pan/pot resting location


3) an insert (custom sized) to hold fruit / veggies


4) a stand or pedestal for coffee/espresso maker to sit on


5) a decorative artistic insert of wood, stone, tile, trimmed-to-fit clay artwork, etc - depending on how out-of-the-way the location is and how you use your countertop.


You can also fill it in flush with stone or corian, as you suggested - if using stone, VERY, VERY unlikely to be an acceptable optical match so normally a complimentary but contrasting "accent" stone or color is used - maybe matching color of appliances or kitchen paint or such. Generally such an insert can epoxied in with minimal (but noticeable) joint visibility with an hour or so of custom grinding to get a near-perfect fit. I recommend having them epoxy on support strips or a piece of exterior or marine (not regular, in case of leakage) plywood underneath the existing opening to carry the actual weight of the stone piece and anything sitting on it to minimize joint cracking potential because I have seen largish epoxied-in inserts like this (which did not have underlying support) drop out due to bond failure or from putting too hot an item on them (like pot of spaghetti or a teapot or coffee pot full of boiling water), softening the epoxy.


Whether putting in a custom stone insert or replacing a piece of the countertop will be cheaper depends on your specifics but neighter are cheap - but bear in mind putting in a new piece of countertop is HIGHLY unlikely to look first-rate, because getting a very similar looking stone to replace it is unlikely after the fact - so I recommend againsat that unless you want a notably variation in stone type, which most people think looks like it is - a patch repair job, so I recommend converting the opening into something which looks good and like an original artistic element.


Even saw one person (with a more or less back of the countertop grill location) put in a fish tank, partly recessed in the hole. But if you do that I would make it removeable in the event of leakage or breakage of the fishbowl, and have them put a totally sealed waterproof cover over the bottom of the hole to hold water in case of leakage, and also to help carry the weight.


Remember, anything you put in there other than flush-fit, cut-to-fit epoxied in stone or corian or such will likely have a dirt-accumulating joint that will need cleaning so I recommend making that sort of item removeable for cleaning, even if it means cutting a caulk seam to do so and recaulking upon reinstallation.

Answered 11 months ago by LCD




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