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Old 03-22-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Granite backsplash over beadboard?


New to the site. Hope I am posting in the correct area. Just bought our house. We have a beadboard backsplash in our kitchen and granite countertops. I love the beadboard ,but behind my sink water has penetrated at the base and now the beadboard has expanded. It looks crummy.I would like to put a granite backsplash behind my sink to match my countertop. I plan to leave the other beadboard in place.The granite company wants to put the granite directly over the beadboard. He explained that it is a nightmare to remove the beadboard. Has anyone ever done this? How hard is it to remove the beadboard and make the surface flat again for the granite to attach? My other concern is that the granite will have to stick out a bit I do not remove the beadboard first. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 03-22-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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just replac'd our c-tops & the installers want'd to place the new granite backsplash against existing tile backsplash,,, i cut the tile & they fitt'd into place just as easy as i told it it would be,,, yours is no different other'n you've got wood, not tile,,, battery-power'd 4 1/2" circle saw & a straight line's all you need im-n-s-h-fo not a nightmare at all,,, our granite does protude in front of the tile elevation but it looks perfect as i told my bride it would ! ! !

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Old 03-22-2009, 02:21 PM   #3
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Did you use 3/4 inch for the backsplash? I think standard countertop width is 1 1/2 inch which is pretty thick.My granite guy said he could grind it down to 3/4 inch if needed . I definitely want him to do that. It sure would be easier not to have to remove the beadboard. The top of the backsplash will come up to my window sill. I think it will stick out 1/4 inch past my window sill if we don't remove the beadboard. Think it will look OK?
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Old 03-22-2009, 02:56 PM   #4
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They sell thinner materials for the backsplash (3/8"). Grinding it done is un-doable and absolutely crazy. Removing the beadboard if needed will be much much much easier. If the granite sticks out more than the rest of the beadboard this will still look fine. Removing the beadboard is not very hard at all. Maybe a 10 minute job at best. Borrow a multi-master tool to make a perfect cut where the granite will go and the rest of the beadboard will stay. If you cannot find one use a sharp wood chisel. Pros can do it with a sawsall, but not the best tool to use here for a DIY job. Also an angle grinder with the tile bit will make a perfect cut and then finish the edges with the chisel.
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I understand about using the multimaster tool to cut a straight line but how do you pull off the glued beadboard from the sheet rock? That is the mess that I am talking about. I would imagine that the sheetrock will be all uneven afterwards so how do you level that out for the granite backsplash?
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:17 AM   #6
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Just pull off the drywall also. This would be okay since you are already concerned about the depth of your granite. But replacing a small piece of drywall is also very easy. It would not need to be taped or patched. Small pieces or even damaged free pieces are found at Lowes or Home Depot.
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:49 AM   #7
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Found out that my granite color is Uba tuba. Does anyone know of any granite installers who can get 3/4 inch slabs? I just measured the space behind my sink and now realise I have another problem. The window above the sink is not level. I have 3/16th of an inch discrepancy. My plan was to go all the way up to the windowsill so I did not have a gap but now with the height difference not sure how high to go up. Either way there will be an uneven gap from the backsplash to the sill. I wonder if I can get the granite guy to cut it on a slight angle. Thankfully the counter top is level. How can someone put a window in that crooked?
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:04 AM   #8
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They did not post questions to learn from here fist. Anyway cutting at the slight angle is not a problem. Make a template from 1/4" hardboard and get it to fit perfectly and bring this to them as a template. Uba Tuba is the most common granite (I have some here also) Most any granite dealer will have scraps around that can be cut and sold at very little costs.
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Thanks Bob. That sounds like a smart idea.
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could it be your house's settled a bit ? ? ? that's not uncommon at all.

we installed our backsplash on ' feet ' made from teflon - just something i remember'd from building cemetery monuments.
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Old 03-23-2009, 11:02 AM   #11
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I am sure that it has settled. The house was built in the 20's. The previous owners replaced the windows in the kitchen. The floor and countertop are level. I think someone messed up.

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