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Install Reinforcement Rod

Many fabricators "rod" the granite in front and back of a sink cut-out. Whether or not to rod depends on many factors, including…

The thickness of stone. Example: Stable 3cm granite may not require rodding reinforcement on some sink cut-outs, whereas the same shape and material in 2cm granite may benefit from rodding reinforcement.

The stability and integrity of the stone. Example: Stable granite with a tight crystal structure may not require rodding, whereas a marble prone to breakage will.

The size of the sink cut-out. Example: A large cut-out, common on kitchen sinks or farm-style kitchen sinks, will require rodding; whereas a smaller oval cut-out on a bathroom vanity in some stones may not.

Common rodding materials used include:

  • 1/4" stainless steel rod
  • 1/4” all-thread stock – zinc coated
  • 1/8" rectangular fiberglass rod stock

Rodding is fairly simple and requires limited tooling.

  1. Cut a channel on the bottom side of the stone using your AccuGlide Saw or AWS-125 saw. The channel should be approximately + 1/32” - 1/16” larger than the width of your preferred rodding material and + 1/32” - 1/16” deeper than the rodding material depth. Do not cut any deeper or wider into the material than required – this will negate the purpose of rodding and weaken the stone further. Set your AccuGlide Depth Gauge for desired maximum depth to avoid cutting too deep.
  2. Thoroughly wash out the rodding channel and dry with compressed air (or a torch on natural stone only.)
  3. Wipe off the rodding material with a clean dry cotton rag.
  4. Fill the rodding channel with your desired adhesive, such as polyester or epoxy resin.
  5. Place the rodding material in the channel and press until flush with the bottom of the stone. Knife off excess adhesive material with a steel putty knife.
  6. Allow to cure before moving the stone.
TIP: Use your AccuGlide 3000QT or 3000PRO model with QT Hub for fast and easy rodding cuts. For maximum production, mount (1) AccuGlide 6” rodding blade for 1/8” fiberglass rod channels, or stack (2) 6” rodding blades onto your QT Hub for ¼” rodding channels. These blades coupled with the AccuGlide offer a fast and economical solution to cutting rodding channels.

TOOLS & TOOLING LIST

  • AccuGlide Saw # APR12BG, # A3012BG, OR # ACL12G
  • # BQTR6 – AccuGlide 6" x 1/8" QT Rodding Blade. Use 1 or 2, with or without spacers depending on your desired channel width.
  • Stone adhesive for rodding channels

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