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Question DetailsAsked on 3/1/2016

Can I cut 5" off a granite counter to fit a larger refrigerator?

There is a little overhang of our counter and would like to get a wider refrigerator. The granite would need to be cut and polished to fit the one I want.

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You can't, but a granite Countertop contractor can.

I would say about 99% chance that the countertop will have to be removed from the countertop to be able to cut to the back edge, and probably a 75% or more chance they will want to take your countertops to the shop to do it because most contractors don't have negative front clearance diamond saws which can cut through a countertop ahead of the saw itself.

Problem is, unless this is on a free-standing island or such, you can't cut a countertop clear to the back wall in-place with normal saws. Then if you take the countertop section to be cut out you have to cut the normal 45 or 90 degree splices with the other section (in normal L shaped or U-shaped countertop) so those joints have to be cleaned up and reground to remove the adhesive preparatory and true up the surface preparatory to putting it back together again with a properly done joint.

In a very few cases I have done it by (back in the days when I did countertops myself) releasing the holddown clamps or adhesive and pulling an entire L or U shaped countertop forward on the cabinets to provide room to set up and use the diamond saw, but it is real tough and you risk breaking the countertop. So - I would guess probably over $500 and likely pushing closer to $1000 job for normal stone countertop, complete. WHOLE lot more time and money than with laminates and formica and such which can commonly be cut back in place.

BTW - you said the countertop overhangs a "little" - but looking for 5" cutoff - so very likely you are talking about narrowing the cabinet underneath it too, which definitely means taking the countertop off to do that anyway.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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