Granite is a fine surface. Its unique look and extreme durability are its top selling points; thus, it has become one of the most popular countertop surfaces used across the United States. Granite’s hardness makes it very difficult to damage. Moreover, it is tough to penetrate the surface even when you are trying to. That brings us to our next point: what happens when you get a new sink faucet and you have to find a way to install it in the granite? How do you drill a hole in granite?
The five-step process for drilling a hole in granite
- Gather the needed supplies
Gloves, safety goggles, dust mask, measuring tape, duct tape, power drill, marking tool, drill, diamond drill bit, and a water spray bottle.
- Measure the hole
Start by measuring the diameter of the object that is being installed. For example, for a faucet, you’ll need to measure the base—the part that will be placed in the hole vacancy. Then, transfer that diameter measurement and mark the specific granite area in which you will be drilling the hole. You can use a grease pencil or some sort of permanent marker to draw the measurement.
- Place a support over the hole
Most commonly and simply, you can take a strip of duct tape and cover the hole. Make sure you label the measurement onto the duct tape as well. Or you can place a piece of stone scrap on each end of the hole (top and bottom). Either way, it is important that there is something to soften the impact between the drill and the granite. This will prevent the granite from cracking at the point of impact.
- Install the diamond drill bit
Install the appropriate sized diamond drill bit onto the drill. Make sure the drill bit matches the diameter of the object being installed. Specifically, if it’s a one-inch faucet base, then install a one-inch diameter drill bit.
- Begin drilling
Now comes the fun, but pressure-filled part. Begin drilling. Enter the measured granite at a slight angle and as the drill begins to penetrate the surface, gradually straighten the drill. Apply some pressure, but not too much. Allow the drill to do the work, that’s what you’re using it for.
Tip: It’s helpful to dip the drill tip in water or spray the surface with water before beginning to drill. As a result, lest dust will fly up and you’ll be able to better concentrate.
These steps should help guide you to a clean cut, keeping your granite in good condition, and enabling your countertop object to be easily installed. Be aware, drilling a hole in granite is certainly easier said than done. It would be a good idea to hire a professional for help, especially if you do not have experience with a drill.
Contact Nadine Floor Company
If you need help, Nadine Floor Company is at your side! Beyond flooring, we also offer kitchen remodeling and granite installation. You can trust our experts to carry out your desired service.