Installing The Easy Granite Brackets
The Easy Granite Brackets are perfect for kitchen countertops.
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How to install Easy Granite Brackets on a base cabinet.
1. Install a wooden support structure along the forward face of the base cabinet.
- You will need install a support brace for the brackets to connect to. This can be a 2×4 or a 1×4 placed on the top front of the base cabinetry.
- Find a space along the top front of the cabinet that does not interfere with the drawers or the drawers glides.
- Install a 1×4 or 2×4 piece of lumber between the two walls of the cabinet. Using wood glue and screws to mount this brace to the cabinet is suggested.
- We will refer this to the “support structure” from this point on describing the installation process.
This is the cabinet before the cross support brace is installed.
This is a picture of the base cabinet with it’s support structure installed. It is marked in yellow.
2. With a pencil, mark the support structure.
- Place the bracket down on the top of the support structure.
- Measure 7 inches from the outside wall of the cabinet on the left side of the cabinet.
- Mark the 7 inches with the side of the bracket.
- Use the other side of the bracket to mark the support structure. (This mark will be 9.5 inches from the outside of the left side cabinet wall)
- Now measure the right side of the support structure.
- Measure 7 inches from the outside wall of the cabinet on the right side of the cabinet.
- Mark the 7 inches with the side of the bracket.
- Use the other side of the bracket to mark the support structure. (This mark will be 9.5 inches from the outside of the right side cabinet wall)
- Now measure the distance from the two inner markings made by the granite and find the center and mark it.
- Place the granite over the center marking and mark the support structure using both sides of the bracket.
- To safely use granite supports on a cabinet you are advised to place a bracket every 7 inches.
3. Use the brackets forward lateral edge to mark out the depth of the channel.
- Find the markings you made with the bracket on the top of the support structure.
- Place the bracket on the lateral side of the support structure – place the bracket squarely between the lines.
- Use the forward or rear part of the bracket and place it on the side of the support structure keeping the top of the bracket flush with the top surface of the support structure.
- With a pencil mark around the outside of the bracket to show the depth you will need to bevel out for the bracket to sit firmly and evenly with the top surface of the support structure.
4. Install the bracket into the channel.
5. Using the pencil you will mark the holes for the screws.
- The bracket needs to be placed on the top of the support structure and placed in the 2.5 inch wide channel.
- Place the screw holes of the bracket directly over the center of the thickest part of the support structure’
- Use a marker or a pencil to mark the place where the screws will be driven or screwed into the support structure.
- Remove the bracket.
- Drill guide holes where the marks are placed on the support structure.
- Place the bracket down into the channel and align the bracket so you can see the guide holes through the mounting holes on the bracket.
- Use the four screws supplied with the brackets and drill them down into the support structure until the bracket is firmly connected to the support structure.
- The Easy Granite Bracket is a self leveling bracket and will level itself to the underside of the granite overhang or bar.
6. Screw the wood screws into the guide holes.
- If the channel has been damaged you have the option of using the lift washers
- The channel can be damaged by the beveling out process so you might want to use the lift washers to create a stronger connection between the bottom of the bracket and the “damaged” top of the channel.
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The Mounting Plate
- 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 square layout within the Mounting Plate is best for adjusting leveling upon practical application. The symmetry of the hole layout is the most important component to this variation. For example, three mounting screw holes may be installed so long as they form an equilateral triangle.
- Installing the Self Leveling Countertop Bracket to a base cabinet or knee wall support beam requires beveling out a channel in the top plate that is equal in width and depth of the bracket.
- Bevel out a channel so it has the same dimensions as the bracket and have at least the same depth as the Easy Granite Bracket to maintain the absolute flat surface of the Mounting Plate of the Easy Granite Bracket.
- This is a picture of the screw holes on the Easy Granite Bracket.
- The bracket rests in this channel which now acts as a fulcrum point with the Forward Support Plate of the bracket lying underneath the granite overhanging countertop region.
- The Mounting screw holes are placed in the middle of the support beam’s channel.
- Mark the support structure using the Easy Granite Bracket as a guide.
- The installer marks the placement of the wood screws by using the mounting screw holes as a guide.
- Bevel out the support structure to the depth and width of the Easy Granite Bracket on the support structure.
- Once the bracket is placed on the beveled out channel with the Mounting Plates screw holes resting on the support beam channel, screw the first screw into one of the holes to lightly fasten the Easy Granite Bracket into the channel.
- The first “guide” screw must be left 1.5mm protruding out of the top of the respective mounting screw hole. This protrusion allows the bracket to swivel laterally given that the channel and The Easy Granite Bracket might not be the same widths and adjustment might be desired.
- With the remaining mounting screw holes in place, the wood screws are installed so that there are no remaining protrusions along the top surface of the knee wall or cabinet support structure . The order in which these screws are drilled is not pertinent to the Self Leveling Countertop Bracket installation.
- Place the granite countertop on the knee wall or countertop baseboard structure and this will now finalize the leveling of the Easy Granite Bracket offering the best support of all the brackets money can buy.
The Self Leveling Countertop Support Bracket also known as the “Easy Granite Bracket” is the easiest bracket you can install.
Although the bracket may be used to support any range of countertop materials, granite countertops require more support and thus benefit the most from this bracket.
We understood the issue and so we went back to the drawing board and scratched a head or two and found the biggest issue was that the way granite installers were having to level the brackets.
The answer was there the whole time. It was right there in the law of nature. We saw that the old brackets were dependent on the strength of the connection to its supporting structure
Natural stone slabs (eg. granite) used for kitchen countertops are brittle, porous, and can break under their own weight. The finer the granite or the more ornamental the granite, the more brittle the bulk material, so reliable support brackets are essential. The Easy Granite Bracket improves upon previous bracket models by extending the rear end of the bracket behind the fulcrum and into a base cabinet. The Law of Levers introduces a relation between the supported masses and the length of the bracket ends from the fulcrum.
The Easy Granite Bracket takes advantage of this natural law in that longer rear ends can support heavier countertop overhangs. The countertop slab resting on the base cabinet makes contact with the Rear Pressure Plate, and, given that the fulcrum channel is parallel to the slab, this contact will continue along the underside of the granite countertop overhang.
Ultimately, the force of the granite slab pushing down on the Rear Pressure Plate swings the forward end (The Forward Support Plate) up to push into the underside of the granite countertop overhang. The pushing force provides the granite overhang support. In order to take full advantage of this force, the granite countertop and bracket must remain in constant contact.
The Self Leveling Easy Granite Bracket is mounted to the fulcrum by drilling into the four mounting screw holes centered in the Mounting Plate arranged along the corners of a square. This square formed by the mounting screw holes is the threshold between “The Rear Pressure Plate” and forward end of the bracket “The Forward Support Plate”. These holes mainly hold the bracket in place, but may also be used to implement minute leveling adjustments during installation.
The square mounting screw holes or the “The Mounting Plate” configuration combats any defects along the fulcrum channel.
This is the X-Ray view of the Easy Granite Bracket with “Space Washers” being used to create a cushion between the beveled out channel and the bottom of the Easy Granite Bracket.
It's unlikely likely that the fulcrum surface or “channel” will not be completely flat but in the scenario where the channel is slightly off or not leveled out properly, the self leveling action from the Rear Pressure Plate lifting the Easy Bracket up to the underside of the granite slab. The screws will not suffice for maintaining constant support structure-bracket contact.
Tightening the screws drilled into the mounting screw holes on the the Mounting Plate tilts the bracket slightly according to which screw was tightened.
Given that the fulcrum could be extremely uneven due to the nature of construction or simply making a mistake while beveling out the channel, so we have included 2 leveling washers that may be used to fill the space between the bracket underside and the top part of the beveled out channel.
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