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Old 10-14-2010, 10:00 AM   #286
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Yeah...I'm just afraid a 10' slab will crack
So considering 3 pieces instead

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Old 10-14-2010, 10:27 AM   #287
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should'nt crack but hard to move with form pour, there are video/info on pour in place. three pieces also gives replacement ease and multi color options
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:00 PM   #288
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It shouldn't crack if your reinforcement is placed correctly.
Gorilla Grips got back to me last night - They have 3 sizes, including one "to accommodate granite, etc.", but their rated weight capacity is 200lb per unit.
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Yeah...I think I'd rather do 3 pieces just to make sure
There is a chance that the bar may be moved slightly
Of course that would not be easy with 800 lbs of concrete on top
If I go with the concrete I will need to reinforce the back edge
As I did not install a center support
Even with tile I had planned on one support
But with concrete I think I'd do 2 supports
One at each joint
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Keep in mind, every install I've ever seen has a thick plywood sub-base under the countertop - not just the poured-in-place installations.
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:41 PM   #291
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thx for the update on the gorilla grip. i think the best way to move this around is to flip it long way and then set it on a roller, or dolly, and just roll near where you want to install, and then get 20 guys to flip it on top of counter.

you can see in my thread how i reinforced my countertop to hold the massive weight. my wife said it was overkill..

but i said, "ah, but someday someone is going to also stand on this to reach above the cabinet or something" ..

she said "that's crazy nobody is going to do that"

and what happened a year later when i came home from work one day? there she was, standing on the countertop painting the kitchen window frame.

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HAHA... I LOVE overkill... yeah, we've had a few "social gatherings" where a guest or two though it was a good idea to dance on the kitchen island at 2am... Thank God for heavy lumber bracing and 3" screws
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Hey, while I'm here, I'm gonna plug my most recent project post. From Carpet to Engineered Hardwood in a Weekend
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:37 PM   #294
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you can see in my thread how i reinforced my countertop to hold the massive weight. my wife said it was overkill..

but i said, "ah, but someday someone is going to also stand on this to reach above the cabinet or something" ..

she said "that's crazy nobody is going to do that"

and what happened a year later when i came home from work one day? there she was, standing on the countertop painting the kitchen window frame.


I've yet to see a counter top that I did not expect someone to either stand or sit on
We used to always sit on my mom's counter top
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Great thread. Knucklez, your top is awesome! I would encourage any adventurous DIY'er interested in concrete counters to DO IT!

Here is a picture of my recent kitchen renovation and concrete counter top.

I'm working on my second set of counters for a family member and the I'd say the instructions given by Knucklez are excellent, well detailed. The only thing I might add is that a 3/4" plywood support top between counter and cabinet will go along way to assisting in the support of your top. I then use a piece of shoe molding to cover this up, even though it is hidden under the counter overhang.

I'll keep an eye on this thread and try to assist anyone undertaking a concrete counter project. Feel free to PM or email. Contact info is here.

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hey aaron, thanks for the kind words. i did use 3/4" ply as a base on my countertops too, not sure if that was shown in the thread or not, but i agree it is totally required to distribute the weight and create nice level surface.

i took a look at your site and your countertops are looking awesome! i was really impressed with your bullnose. seriously, all you did was apply A LOT of caulking and then use the tool from DAP ? huh.. i never would have thought that would work. nice to know it does

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Yup, just a $5 tool for the bull nose. Sure beats a $100 and up for the grinder/router bit to do the same. I suppose you could go even cheaper and cut some cardboard, but the DAP tool is silicon resistant and cleans up really easy.

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That looks fantastic, you did a great job.
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Here is the link to the DAP tool that I used for creating a bull nose. I think I picked mine up at my local Lowe's for $5-$7, very well worth it. I've made a few molds now and have yet to use painters tape to get clean lines, this tool does it all its own.

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Seems like something you could make yourself out of hard plastic

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