When investing in high-quality equipment for your kitchen, you will want to choose granite or marble countertops. These materials provide adequate surface support and enhance the luxurious appeal of your cooking area.
Installing them should be fairly easy for the regular DIY handyman. However, moving granite and marble slabs safely is a difficult task. In this guide by Jim of GraniteFoundationRepair.com, we will show you how to transport these large, heavy materials without risking their integrity or your well-being.
Moving granite and marble in a nutshell
Granite and marble may seem like sturdy materials, but these heavy stones are prone to breakage and damage if you do not handle them correctly during transportation. If you cannot afford the services of a professional transport company or you want to move them yourself, you will need to follow specific guidelines that will ensure your success.
First off, you will need to figure out how many people you will need to move the heavy stone slabs. Depending on its weight, you might need at least three additional friends to help you out. Second, you might have to invest in proper carrying equipment to move the granite or marble chunks without damaging them.
With reliable help and optimal equipment, moving granite and marble countertops safely should be effortless. If you experience any trouble and the slabs suffer damage during transportation, we will show you how to repair them quickly and easily.
When moving granite or marble slabs, you will first need to ensure that the safety of your crew comes first. Even if it looks like you and your friends can carry the heavy stones without equipment, you should refrain from moving it with your bare hands. Instead, make sure that you are equipped with this type of gear:
You can use an A-Frame made of wood or metal to ensure the stability of the heavy rock during transportation.
Use sturdy, professional straps to tie the slab to the A-Frame and prevent it from wobbling when you move it.
Even with proper gear, marble is a slick material that tends to slip even when you strap it to the A-frame. Increase its protection during transportation by placing blankets or thick textile padding around it.
Use carrying clamps on each side of the slab to ensure a strong grip on the material. Each carrier can hold on to one when moving it.
Invest in strong-gripping gloves for you and your crew. This gear is essential for the safe transportation of large granite and marble chunks. They might seem like an unnecessary expense, but they come at a substantially lower cost than what you would have to pay for damaging the slab if you don’t use them.
How to move granite safely
Granite countertops are sturdy and reliable. They can be laid with ease on well-structured cabinets and offer a stylish and stable surface for everyday kitchen tasks.
You should always transport granite slabs vertically. Similar to glass panels, if you transport it horizontally, you run the risk of breaking it in smaller pieces. Use A-frames with tight-gripping clamps and straps when transporting the slab with a vehicle. Ensure that you always have enough manpower to carry the heavy stone chunk without damaging it.
How to move marble easily
Marble makes for a stylish material that improves the appearance of kitchen countertops, bathroom cutouts or stairs. You can order it in pre-cut, polished slabs that you can arrange and install as you like.
When moving marble slabs, make sure that the slab is in a vertical position. Have enough manpower to lift the heavy stone with minimal effort. Always perform the lifting and lowering actions slowly and by using your knees to avoid any back injuries. When uploading it to a vehicle use blankets and other padding materials to protect its edges from cracking.
How to repair marble or granite in the event of damage
If things don’t go according to plan, and you drop or damage the heavy stone slabs during transportation, there are easy ways to repair marble or granite.
First, examine the crack and determine if it is a clean break. In this case, you should not see any fissures expanding to the rest of the slab. Clear the debris with a nylon brush and rub the surface with an acetone-soaked sponge. This should be done in a well-ventilated area and away from people with respiratory problems.
Affix the smaller pieces to the larger slab with an epoxy paste. Before applying the epoxy, clean the surface from excess dust and debris. Keep the pieces together using clamps or tape while the epoxy dries. Polish the edges with sandpaper and ensure that the slab you have just repaired rests on a stable cabinet.
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