Granite can complete any kitchen or bathroom look, and prefabricated slabs can simplify installation because they are precut to fit certain sizes. Although the stone is notably tough to damage when installed, care should be used in transporting it. Laying the stone slabs flat during transport can cause it to crack or break over bumps. By taking certain precautions, you can move your stone safely from the store to your home.
Construct or purchase an A-frame to support your granite pieces. An A-frame is a wooden structure made of 2-by-4s. The name comes from it's shape --- that of the letter A. To support the granite, the top angle should be roughly 10 degrees. The frame size will vary --- it should be large enough to support the stone but does not need to be as large as the slab. Prefabricated granite is most often used for smaller kitchen counters and bathroom sinks, and you can use a smaller A-frame than if you had bought long, custom countertops.
Move the stone using two people or more if it is a particularly large piece. Lift it evenly off the surface it's on. It should be carried vertically, meaning a side should be facing the ground rather than the flat top or bottom.
Set the stone on the A-frame, with the unfinished side against the wood to avoid damage to the visible polished side. When transporting more than one piece of granite, you can use the same A-frame if it can support them. The polished sides of the granite should be against another polished side, so the unfinished stone side does not mar the finish of the other piece.
Strap the stone slab to the A-frame. Tighten the straps as much as possible before moving. The simplest material for this is clamps or ratchet straps available at hardware stores. Ratchet straps have a mechanism to assist you with tightening built onto a piece of the strapping. This method of tightening ensures the best fit so the stone does not wobble.
Transport the granite slab on the A-frame in a vehicle large enough to hold it comfortably. If necessary, secure the A-frame so it stays upright. This will reduce possible damage to the stone because it can break if it falls.
Unload the granite the same way you loaded it: by carrying it vertically. Use caution when unstrapping the slab from the A-frame so it does not fall.
Things you need
- Ratchet clamps
- Granite slab