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  1. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    I have been asked to quote for re-doing a failed kitchen floor and as part of the quote need to price for a complete removal and re-fit of the kitchen.
    Before I approach a kitchen fitter though, do you think it's possible to remove and safely reinstall silestone island tops?
    This kitchen has two and one has a cut out for the sink.
    I'm kind of thinking there is a big risk in them breaking?
    Any experience of this?
     
  2. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Not something I've ever got involved with but they got them on there, or did the do the cut out in situ? Ask the owner. perhaps your sigma frame might help give it some strength if you do decide to remove it
     
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  3. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Shouldn’t be a problem, but will depend on how well they have been fixed on.
    They are normally just silicones in place due to the weight.
    If you can get to all the edges then run a Fein round and it should come off.
    They are pretty strong.
     
  4. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    It’s fairly robust material Mark.
    Only contract a kit installer that will take responsibility for worktops. :D
     
  5. timeless john

    timeless john Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    Difficult to price up or accept responsibility.
     
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  6. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    I’ve lifted a big island granite slab, ran a cheese wire thru one end to other first so heavy needed 7 of us to transfer into another room
     
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  7. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Last couple I’ve done, I’ve just removed doors, drawers and decor panels and went around them.
     
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  8. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Assuming it doesn’t have mitred side panel(s) you might be ok.

    Don’t underestimate the weight of this stuff. It’s phenomenal.
     
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  9. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Sorry Ian I can't believe that....!






    You got 7 friends ?...:)
     
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  10. Kyle Knowles

    Kyle Knowles Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Widnes
    7 dwarfs and a giant
     
  11. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    I didn’t say friends did I, acquaintances is more accurate and they went back to ignoring me straight afterwards :(
     
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  12. pdc

    pdc Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    What did Andy do when he got there?
     
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  13. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Couldn’t have been on a Friday!
     
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  14. ATSDiamondTools

    ATSDiamondTools Official Member Support Company Support

    Location:
    Kent
    If it were marble chances are it will break. Silestone being quartz is more forgiving though and helpfully lighter (less heavy is probably more accurate) than either marble or granite, even at 30mm thick.

    Your biggest issue will be how it's been attached to the cabinet tops, a good installer will have siliconed the entire perimeter of cabinet where the slab touches.

    You'll also probably find shims between the top and the cabinet which is levelling the whole top at the joins.

    It's possible but it's something I would ask an experienced granite/quartz installation company to perform.
     
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  15. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I sorted the job out for him..... bloody amateurs.....! :)
     
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