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Unread 02-01-2020, 10:32 AM   #1
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Rodding quartz countertop

I bought a 3cm quartz slab, 8' x 25". I plan to cutout a hole for a 15"x15" drop in bar sink.

My question is, does quartz need rodding in the narrow (4") front edge or is it stronger than granite so it isn't needed?

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Unread 02-01-2020, 10:52 AM   #2
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Amateur here, having worked with both, granite and quartz. I'd say that quartz is not much stronger than granite. When being installed, both materials need to be protected from breakage. A rod glued in place can help. If possible, you could precut the cut-out, leaving the corners uncut and then make the final cut with the slab installed in place.
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Thanks for the input. I'd rather not cut any of it in place due to the dust. I plan to wet cut it outside and clamp a 2x4 across the thin section as reinforcement to carry it into place.

Very hard to find quartz strength info online. What I did find indicated that it was stronger and could tolerate wider unsupported overhangs that granite. Based on that, I was hoping to get by without rodding.

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I can't say about the strength but I have seen installers clamp a long piece of 2x 2 square tubing along the narrow edge as they carry it into the house. On a 10 ft long C-top, they might have 8 clamps. They also would carry it in on it's edge and then have several guys help lay it down flat on the cabinet, supporting it in several places as they lay it over. Of course, the longer it is the more critical this is.
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