Granite Brackets need to be easer to install.
How did we make the granite bracket so easy to install.
All the installers agreed that the hardest part of installing a granite countertop support brace was the leveling of the braces to the underside of the overhang.
Granite brackets need to sit flush under the granite countertop overhang in order to support the stone overhang. This takes leveling, shims, time, patients and lots of time. The normal granite support has evolved to be sure, first was the simple leg. Legs were used in order to keep the granite overhang from breaking under it’s own weight but left the people sitting at the countertop overhang sitting in a enclosed space.
Then by the turn of the century it became fashionable to use the corbel to support stone countertop overhangs. They look good and in some cases they really pop but they were known as the knee knocker and of course really fell short when it came to the floating countertop look that has become so popular today. Although they could be eligant and have a kind of oldworld charm to them there needed to be a better way and that was the hidden knee wall granite corbel.
So around 2001 or so, a lot of granite installers were actually cutting steel rods and placing them on the underside of the granite countertop imbedded into a flat piece of wood and securing them to the base cabinets in order to create whats known as the “floating countertop” look. This tool a lot of building and time and it worked for a bit of time until in 2010 Luis A Mercado patented the Metal Corbel – This is the Real Original Granite Bracket This started the granite bracket revolution. With the cat out of the bag and an endless stream of various granite brackets flooding the market. Everything from inside wall mounted brackets (my invention) to just solid stocks of metal with different screw holes placed all at the end of the the braces every application was addressed except one; the complicated issue of installing the braces and getting them all leveled.
So as with all things evolutions and revolutions are introduced by necessity. That’s where the next step in granite countertop support comes in. The Easy Granite Bracket – The only self leveling countertops support bracket on the market. With it’s patent pending we have decided to patent this brace to insure quality control and price controls. The typical granite bracket can cost anywhere from $19.99 to $120.99 and the quality of some brackets out there are questionable at best. The Easy Granite Bracket is going to be exclusively built by The Granite Bracket Shop.
Distribution will be offered only to a select group of bracket distributors with stringent return policies and price restrictions in place to keep the bracket available to all installers with the support and value kept intact.
The Easy Granite Bracket is designed from the ground up.
The brackets features are:
The Mounting Plate
Mounting screw holes are drilled along the edges of a square inscribed along the flat face of the brackets and are then positioned above the fulcrum.
The Rear Pressure Plate
This is the part of the bracket behind the fulcrum (eg. on top of the base cabinet) and mounting screw holes.
The Forward Support Plate
This is the forward part of the bracket which lies below the countertop overhang and is in front of the mounting holes.
The four mounting screw holes consist of a top and bottom component relative to the vertical axis. The top of the hole is chamfered to create a sloping circular edge, allowing the 60 degree tapered shank on the wood screw to have the optimal fit. Below the chamfered region, the hole is cylindrical with a radius equal to half the bracket’s depth. The four mounting holes are divided into a set of forward and rear pairs. Each hole is placed on the corners of a square inscribed in the flat end of the bracket. The Screw Holes are used to fasten the bracket to it’s support structure.