The stone cutters showed up bright and early this morning to put a big 'ole hole in the middle of my beautiful new granite counter top! Its Ok, we actually wanted them too. It's where the cook top will reside.
The picture at the left shows the cutter guy getting ready. He marks out the space using masking tape. I watched him measure about 20 times. I think I would still be in there measuring if I had to cut someone's granite.
The cutter guy uses a diamond blade in a circular hand held saw. After watching for a moment I determined that this is used because it distributes the most and finest dust throughout the house!
Even with the second guy holding a shop vac next to the blade the dust was extensive. I think I have whatever the black lung version is with granite now.
The blade actually cut very smoothly and quickly. I could tell the cutter guy knew what he was doing because he left with all his fingers.
The cutter guy made diagonal cuts at the corners and worked smaller pieces loose with a screwdriver. He was taking great care not to crack the granite not intended to break.
As he removed these smaller pieces, the large piece in the middle was able to be removed by the helper. A little bit of cleaning up the corners and the cut was done. About 20 minutes of redistributing the granite dust around the house and these guys were done. All in all, a fine job. I really don't think I could have distributed as much dust in so many rooms in so short a time frame as these guys did. Seriously, they really did do a good job.