Installing granite countertops in your kitchen is a great way to upgrade the value of your home. If you choose to do the job yourself then there are various steps to take in the process. After you've selected the countertops you plan to install and have safely transported them back to your work space or home, then you'll need to measure your countertops and cut the granite to the required size. This process can be tricky, but with the correct tools you can do it successfully. It is always recommended with heavy objects like granite to have a friend help you.
The first step in the process is the setup. If you've got a handheld circular saw then this will be the most convenient tool to use as it will give you more control; however, you can also use a table saw to complete the job. You'll need a turbo or continuous diamond blade to cut through stone like granite. These items can be rented at your local hardware store. Additionally, with any kind of cutting job, it is important to wear safety goggles.
Next, you'll need to mark the areas you plan on cutting. Use a meter stick or a long ruler to draw lines on the areas you plan to cut. A white marker is best in this process as you will be able to see the lines clearly while cutting.
When cutting granite, you'll need to apply a stream of water to the targeted area. The water will prevent the blade from getting too hot, as well as preventing the granite from chipping, which is the thing you want to avoid most.
Place a simple garden hose on your workspace and direct a soft flow of water into the area you plan on cutting. Be sure that the stone is supported on all ends so that when you're cutting you can easily separate the pieces apart without them falling or breaking off.
Turn on your saw and slowly place it down onto the granite surface. As the blade starts to cut, slowly direct it along your drawn line and have your friend control the flow of water. Work your way entirely through the line until reaching the end. Separate the cut piece of granite and turn your saw off. Continue this process until all of your granite is cut accordingly. If you find that you have any rough sides then use sandpaper and a polishing cloth to smooth out the edges. You are now ready to install the granite to your countertops.