Sink and Faucet / Accessories Setting Guide

Supports on Overhang:

If you have an overhang larger than ten (10) inches you will be advised to obtain corbels. Furnishing and installing corbels or additional supports are your obligation. An unsupported span of 36" is acceptable if you have support on both sides.

We suggest that everything be removed from your base cabinets prior to our arrival. You will find that most of the detail work has already been done in the shop however it may be necessary to do some cutting on site. Do not expect to keep your cutouts, they will be rough sided and they usually break during the cutting process. We do our best to minimize the mess involved but please keep in mind that granite countertop installation is part of remodeling and can be a messy process.

It is your obligation to purchase sinks and accessories that fit within the inside dimensions of your cabinet box. We will “loose set” your self-rimming sink and have it ready for your plumber to mount it and attach any clips, hardware and plumbing. Self-rimming sinks are always cut on the job, in the house, with the top in place to avoid breakage. When your plumber is done, it is his responsibility to clean and caulk your self-rimming sink. Under mount sinks are mounted under the granite and ready for your plumber to attach the plumbing. Our installer will run a bead of silicone on rim of the under-mount sink to make it water tight and caulk sink. Holes will be drilled if necessary, for your faucets, soap dispenser, sprayer and reverse osmosis system. Please know the location for these items before the installation day.

A farm sink, or an apron front sink, sits on a support structure below the cabinets. The face of the sink is exposed and the top of the sink is generally level with the top of the cabinets.

You will need to have a plumber come out and disconnect your sinks, disposals and faucets before we can remove your old tops and install your new granite countertops. If we are doing a full splash we will have to remove the faceplates and pull the electrical outlet from the wall. If it is necessary to have any outlets moved, you will be informed, and it is your obligation to have them relocated prior to your installation. We do not disconnect the cook tops and at times, it may be necessary to pull the freestanding ovens away from the wall. We do not reinstall any plumbing, electric or appliances. Although some customers opt to hook up and reconnect everything when we are done, we suggest that you call a licensed plumber or electrician for your connections. When we template, we will need to take any under-mount sinks back to the shop. We require you to have your under-mount sink at template time, otherwise it will delay your installation date. We do not need self-rimming sinks in the shop, but you must have them on site the day we do your installation. Because damage may occur with the removal of your sink, we do not recommend that you use your old sink with the installation of new countertops. If damage does occur Reinhardt Brothers cannot be held responsible.


Cut in type cook tops will be set loose in the countertop, ready for your appliance installer to mount and hook up. The cut out for your cook top is done after the new tops are installed. This creates a little dust, but prevents unnecessary breakage. Please be careful when purchasing a new cook top, making sure that it fits in the space allowed by your cabinet box. Slide-in ranges will be checked for fit and left ready to hook up and install.

A slide-in stove is a stove that also slides into an opening between two cabinets and usually lips the countertop on both sides. This stove, however, usually has dials located on the front face plate of the stove and does not have the back riser like a freestanding.When using this type of stove, we will need to know if you require a granite strip to run behind the stove. Some models come with a strip and others do not. Be sure to read your instruction manual to verify that a granite strip is compatible with your stove. The granite strip is usually about 2” by 30” and is seamed to the stone on either side of your stove.

When we placing the lay out material for your project the location of the seams, the grain direction or patterns are considered. If you are present for a template layout, we do our best to ensure that your job is cut as you requested, however there are occurrences beyond our control that will require that we use our professional experience. We can assure you that we do the best job in the industry in keeping seams to a minimum. When you have a seam, it is filled with a polyester material, colored to match the stone as close as possible. Our fabricators and installers are trained to minimize seams; however, we strive to make them as transparent as possible.
Under-mount sinks and backsplashes are caulked after installation. Depending on the stone, the caulk can be colored or clear. Caulk can sometimes shrink up. If this occurs, we will be happy to re-caulk the areas. If this happens, call our customer service at 310-325-0174 and we will schedule a repair as soon as possible.

Your new tops are sealed after installed. We use only the highest quality impregnating sealers. These will give you years of trouble-free usage. In the future, if you feel resealing is necessary, we will be happy to advise you where to obtain, and how to apply additional sealer. We can also reseal the tops for you for a small charge. Never apply any other type of sealer on your tops.

Fissures and pits are prevalent in all natural stone; however usually pose no structural anomalies. Whenever possible we try to avoid any large fissures by cutting around them. If it is necessary to reinforce a fissure, it is customary to fill with resin filler and/or reinforce with steel rods on the backside. Fissures are often visible and can appear to look like “spider veins or cracks”. If they do appear in your countertops we do try to minimize their appearance and after they are filled with resin are structurally stronger than the granite itself. If fissures, pits or the natural characteristics of stone are viewed as defects you may want to choose granite that has less, or consider a different countertop material. We hope that this has answered some of your questions about your natural stone installation. Please call us if you have any questions. We wish you many years of enjoyment with your new stone.

Remodeling Considerations:

Every precaution will be taken to limit the mess, drywall and cabinetry damage that may be involved with the removal of your countertops, but unfortunately, most demolition will create some dust and dirt. Repairs by another party may be necessary. If we will be removing your old countertops we suggest that you remove everything from the base cabinets. Some customers opt to remove the countertops themselves, but you should only consider this if you are 100% sure you can complete the job yourself. Existing tile backsplash must be torn out, by customer prior to template appointment.

After material selection, special project details will be finalized (e.g. edge detail, cut-outs, custom finishes, etc.) and a contract will be created.

Purchaser acknowledges that Natural stones vary in color, pattern, and texture. The actual stone delivered may differ from the sample shown. The purchaser acknowledges that additional stone ordered at a later date can be more costly and cannot be guaranteed to match the original stone.All countertops will be seamed or jointed as the slab size allows. The fabricator is solely responsible for seam placement in countertops and backsplashes. Fewer seams may require more material and expense.Some materials are porous in nature and while highly resistant to staining and scratching can be subject to both. The fabricator makes no warranties implied or expressed as to stain resistance or imperivousness of the products to scratching. All slab countertops will be polished on one side and sealed prior to installation. Normal wear and tear for the purposes intended will not cause scratches or staining. Granite can only be scratched by other gemstones. NOTE: Industrial environments are not considered "intended" applications and would not be covered under this warranty unless expressly addressed in writing in a separate warranty document.
Purchaser acknowledges that the fabricator is supplying "surfacing" material only and releases the  fabricator and installer from all liability for cracking or damage of material due to settling of the subsurface and/or improper construction. Countertops have to be installed on sturdy level cabinets with a tolerance of 1/8 inch per 10 foot span. The fabricator will not be responsible for re-fabrication of a top due to other people damaging the material. Most damage to stone occurs during transportation and installation or by other trades who stand or work on the surface. A 12 inch overhang is the maximum unsupported overhang allowed for 2 or 3 centimeter granite. Additional support is required for overhangs greater than 12" and must be supported brackets or corbels. An unsupported span of 36" is acceptable if you have support on both sides. Minor chipping of the material can occur during installation but is repairable on site. In the event chipping occurs, the extent of chipping and the re-fabrication of any one piece is the sole discretion of the fabricator.
This warranty is limited to normal wear and tear and does not cover damages resulting from misuse, abuse, prolonged exposure to liquid or oil, neglect, mishandling, unauthorized modification, structural failure, or damage that is considered an Act of God.
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