Does the granite countertop on my deck require separate footings?


If I want to have a granite countertop as a table on top of my deck, do I need to support the 4 corners with actual footing, like 4x4 with concrete? Or it is possible to just bold the 4 legs on the side of the joists?

I have not weight my granite yet but according to this, it is 12.8 lbs sq ft

Mine is like 3' x 9'

I am inspired by this, as I have no design yet.

I don't have the grill in my case but the countertop will be close to the railing. So for 4 corners of the 9 foot long countertop, are they supported by footing below? Or the legs are just standing on top of the joists underneath? UPDATE 1

This is a free standing deck. Conveniently, two legs of the countertop if supported by the posts already. So the question is do I need the other 2 legs supported by posts? Or can they just sit on top of 2x8 joists that are on...

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Let’s start comparing them with a brief rundown and then dive into some of the finer points.

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A brief rundown of quartz and granite

Granite countertops are quarried naturally from the earth as enormous chunks of stone.

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After they leave the quarry they are cut and polished into the familiar countertop shape.

Quartz countertops contain crushed quartz mixed with resin in a ratio of 93% quartz to 7% resin. They are manufactured in a variety of different patterns and colors.

An in-depth look at the pros and cons of quartz

As with granite, quartz countertops also have their own sets of drawbacks and benefits that go along with them.

Quartz countertops are just as strong as granite but have the added benefit of being more flexible. This makes them easier to work with during the installation process. Quartz is non-porous and does not require any sealing – ever. These...
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How much do granite or quartz countertops cost?

Every project is unique and that is why we customize all of our quotes to fit your needs and budget! Pricing varies depending on the complexity of your project, the type of stone required, the edging design selected, the number and type of sinks, faucets and cook tops used, the removal of existing countertops. We offer many affordable selections and it takes no time at all to give you a quote when we have the right details.

How long will it take to get my countertops?

We work around your schedule to get your countertops installed as quickly as possible. After all your selections have been made, and after we template you can usually expect your countertops within 5-7 days. Sometimes sooner depending on the size of the project!

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The process as outlined in the article worked wonders!!!!
Thank you!!!

Our house cleaners had cleaned our marble bathroom countertops and while they were still wet, put candle sticks back on them which had a black felt base. Well, needless to say, when I happened to need to move a candlestick weeks later, there was a giant dye circle on our countertops.

I followed the advice for dye and used our household hydrogen peroxide (3%) mixed with some DE (Diatomaceous earth) that we have for our pool. One of your neighbors with a pool probably has some if you don’t want to go buy some. Or, use one of the other powders recommended.
I put the poultice on, covered with wrap and taped down, left for a day, took the wrap off, let the poultice completely dry out (another day more or less), and then scraped of the powder – voila – no more stain.

Here is process again – don’t ask how – just follow directions.
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Dear Friends,

Thank you for submitting so many thoughtful, insightful questions about concrete countertops during our Ask the Author campaign. Below is a sampling of questions I have had the opportunity to answer for you. I hope you will find the answers and information useful in your pursuits to design and build creative concrete countertops. Thank you again for your support.


Fu-Tung Cheng

Drying problems

Q. In the drying process, I’m having problems with the tops curling. Do you know what I can do to combat this?

A. If you are pouring thin (under 1 in. to 1-1/2 in.) and curing too quickly, this could be the problem.

Achieving a smooth finish

Q. What is the best way to achieve a smooth finish on a countertop that has been poured in place?

A. Screed the piece with absolute precision, and have an expert...

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The answer depends on the size and shape of your deck, the size of your footings, and the size of your beams. The larger the beam and footing size the fewer footings that are required. For most situations you will want to place footings and posts less than 8' apart. If you are planning on installing a hot tub or porch on top of your deck you will usually need more footings and posts to support the additional loads. Free standing decks that are not attached to the house with a ledger board will require an additional beam and row of footings. Decks with lots of angles may also require additional footings. Use the footing and beam calculator to test your...

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Make sure your cabinets can handle the weight of the granite. The first step in protecting your granite countertop is making sure the installation is safe and secure. Because of the granite's weight, your lower cabinets need to be of sturdy construction and affixed properly to the wall. Otherwise, the cabinets may partially collapse, leaving the granite to crack as it falls. A licensed contractor can make the assessment of your cabinets' strength if you are unsure.


Clean counters after each meal. The next important step in preventing discoloration is to clean up spills. This is especially true for liquids with a deep color like red wine on a lighter granite. Lighter granites are more likely to absorb stains.


Avoid leaving containers directly on the granite countertop. Containers such as olive oil bottles are often hard to keep completely dry, acetone from fingernail polish remover can remove your sealant, cosmetics and beauty aids...

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i agree that asking for a photo is a good thing to do.

In your first post you asked for photos too.

Drop ins have a fold in the sheet metal about 1/4" from the edge. This was to give it some strength and straightness, or else the sheet metal might warble and wave and not reflect light all in a straight line.

Blanco and others now make a "MicroEdge" drop in which is just 1mm thick flat steel, not folded. The sheet of steel is flat. I find the edge is a bit rough; I mean I can feel the cut 1mm sheet when I run my finger along the edge of the sink on the counter. In showrooms. I suppose that silicone is expected to be there, and that one will never feel the edge, but I doubt it because I wouldn't want silicone to bump up higher, not even by 0.1mm.

If I had it, I would file down the sharp edge/corner, just a bit, and sand it. A few minutes per side.

Ikea now has this too, on one or two of their sinks. In their case it's about 1.5mm thick and it tapers...

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(United Granite, and Fairfax Marble)

Cracks in granite countertops exist or happen for various reasons. Let’s look into the different terms first.

Crack: A line on the surface of granite, marble or another natural stone along which has split without breaking into separate parts.

Fissure: a Natural crack in the stone. The difference between a crack and fissure is that cracks can happen after the stone is excavated. Even after it is cut into slabs, and fabricated as countertops cracks can occur. a Fissure is something that is strictly natural. It is not something developed afterwards by outside elements.

Chip: A small piece of stone removed in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking something, especially a hard material. Chips in granite, marble and other natural stone are common especially along the edges and on the sink cut outs.

Natural Veining: This refers to the same...

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About countertops

On any given day, your kitchen countertop may wind up playing the roles of cutting board, hot pad, office desk, food prep surface, snack bar and headquarters for hindquarters. You need a surface that's durable, attractive and easy to get along with. It's worth weighing the options carefully when you're remodeling. Top-notch tops are installed by pros only, but they have a look and feel no other material can match. When you're choosing countertops, note these guidelines:

Expect to spend 10 to 15 percent of your kitchen remodeling budget on countertops and installation. If you spend disproportionately more or less, you may wind up with tops that don't fit the look and feel of the rest of your kitchen. Consider installing more than one type or color of top. Serious cooks may want to include a section of wood for chopping; bakers may want to include a section of marble for rolling dough. Using a different color top on an island than you use in the rest...
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I am so excited to share my first real Home Improvement DIY project with you all. There is only so much you can do when you don’t actually own a home yet… which is why I invaded my parent’s home and ask them to channel my DIY passion into their guest bathroom!

My parent’s guest bathroom was in need of some real love. With zero natural light & ugly builder grade everything, we had our work cut out for us… and believe it or not, on a budget of under $100 this is what it was transformed into. The projects included in this bathroom redo were the counter tops ($25), refacing the cabinets, framing the mirror, and painting & stenciling the walls

(Tutorial for my free hand wall stencil found here)

The end result is really amazing! The question is whether or not to brag about your “fake granite counter tops” or let everyone think you just had real granite...

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While granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops, the high cost of materials and installation can put a big dent in your home improvement budget. A less expensive alternative to a pricey granite slab is to use 12” x 12” granite tiles instead.

Not only do granite tiles make an attractive and durable countertop, they’re easy to apply and weigh much less than a solid granite top, making it a perfect DIY project.

Tools Needed:

Level Square Tape measure Safety glasses Carbide tipped scoring tool Circular saw Drill with screwdriver bits Jigsaw Notched trowel Rubber padded grout float Sponge Stone polisher (rent) Tile saw (rent)

Materials Needed:

1/4 x 12” x 12” granite tiles 3/4” plywood...
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This is a tough question to answer in light of the fact that even the professionals disagree. Some say commercial household cleaners such as Windex® are perfectly safe on a thoroughly sealed granite surface; others argue that these same cleaners will slowly degrade the surface of both the sealer and the countertop surface.

It all comes down to the ingredients used in cleaning product in question. The majority of granite fabricators, dealers, and installers that we researched suggested using a neutral pH cleaner on granite such as soap and water or a commercial cleaner specifically designed for granite countertop care. This ensures that the homeowner is erring on the side of caution and takes into consideration that some stones are more porous than others, sealers vary in chemical composition, and the fact that it is difficult for homeowners to tell how well the sealer on their countertops is holding up and/or how much degradation has occurred.

To help you...

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When considering granite countertops here are a few frequently asked questions to consider.

Can I put hot objects on quartz countertops

How do I know if I need to seal my granite?

How will I know if my old cabinets can support a new countertop?

Will my countertop have a seam?

How is the seam placement determined ?

Can marble be used in my kitchen?

Can I cut on granite?

Can I set hot pans on granite?

Does granite chip or scratch?

Will granite or marble stain?

How can I limit the staining of granite or marble?

Should granite be sealed?

Can granite be repaired?

Does granite have a completely smooth surface ?

What do seams look like?
How long are the slabs, and can seams be avoided?

How long can the pieces for my project be?

What is the difference between 2cm and 3cm? And...

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How to build concrete footing and concrete forms

A wise builder once told me, a basement is a well we pray water will never enter. Those with basements will say, amen. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the #1 reason for builder callbacks is foundations. A properly designed and constructed foundation will never cause a problem, improperly constructed, it will never cease to be a problem. A concrete footing spreads the weight so the wall doesn’t sink, and it’s usually twice the width of the structure it supports. The concrete footing must extend below the frost line to avoid damage from frost heave. Check local codes to see how deep the concrete footing must be. To do its job without sinking or shifting, a footing must rest on stable, undisturbed soil. A concrete footing beneath a foundation wall also much have adequate drainage to avoid damage from hydraulic pressure. To make sure you’ve planned for the demands of...

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A timber deck can be built on level or sloping ground and on one or more levels to create an attractive, solid base for garden dining and relaxation – and you can add a pergola and deck rails or deck panels to complete the picture.

As you would if working with any timber product, wear gloves to avoid splinters, and goggles when using circular saws, drills or sanders. Avoid breathing in dust when cutting wood by wearing a nose and mouth mask. Always use an RCD device when employing any power tools outside.


Buying the right decking components

To help you get everything you need a project shopping list is on the back page of this leaflet, you’ll find advice on calculating material quantities throughout, too.

Buy the timber components about a week before you build the deck to give it a chance to adjust to the temperature outside. Store it close to where it will be used, stacked on level ground on timber bearers, and cover to keep...

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An improperly installed drain hose is by far the most common defect that I find with dishwasher installations, but it’s also one of the easiest things to get right. In the photo below, which was featured as a Structure Tech Photo of the Day, there are several plumbing defects, two of which are related to the dishwasher drain.

Can you spot them?

Wrong side of trap

Problem number one is that the drain is connected to the sewer side of the trap. The water that always sits in the bottom of the P-trap is what prevents sewer gases from coming into the house. The dishwasher drain must be connected before the P-trap, not after it, which is what was done here. With this improper installation, sewer gases have the potential to come back into the dishwasher. The diagram below right shows a proper installation.

No high loop

In the diagram above, right, you’ll notice that the dishwasher drain makes a high loop underneath the kitchen sink....

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Finding a handyman (or handywoman) you trust might bring you more peace of mind than finding the right therapist. A handyman service is different than a contractor. These workers often take different approaches to an initial consultation and fees. Some come to your home to provide a quote while others are happy to give you a consultation over the phone. Many charge an hourly rate. Others charge by the project.

On This Page:

Handyman RatesOther Cost FactorsCommon Handyman JobsIndependent vs. Corporate HandymenConclusion

How Much Does a Handyman Charge?

Handyman services can charge an hourly or flat rate, depending on the project. On average, homeowners tend to pay between $182 and $636. How does a handyman decide when to charge an hourly or flat rate? It depends on the known and unknown factors of a job. Hanging a ceiling fan is a pretty straightforward job. The average handyman knows about how long it’s going to take and what tools will be needed. This sort of...

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