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diggermaj

02:58PM | 07/12/04
Member Since: 07/11/04
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My wife and I are buying a new home and are debating whether to pay the builder to install granite countertops in our kitchen or go with a standard formica countertop and go back later and do it ourselves. We're by no means experienced DIY'ers... Anyone have any advice on how difficult this would be and how much we'd be saving money-wise by doing ourselves. Builder is lookin' the charge us around $6K for the install for a pretty large kitchen and island.

Thanks in advance to any replies!

tomh

03:35PM | 07/12/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
Pay for the install. Granite comes in slabs that must be precisely cut, edged, installed grouted and polished. This requires very expensive and specialized tools. They are very heavy and awkward to move around. Granite counters are also really expensive, and a mistake will cost you thousands in material losses. This is a job I would leave to a pro.

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Floorcraft

02:22PM | 07/13/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Pro all the way.

diggermaj

02:18PM | 07/14/04
Member Since: 07/11/04
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for the inputs! We decided to let the builder handle it.
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