We have a 36" x 16" farmhouse sink undermounted beneath a marinace granite countertop. Briefly, the white sink has always looked stark against the almond/biscuit/colonial cabinets and wall tile, and when I stumbled across a brand new/open box model of the exact same sink in the biscuit color for 1/3 of the original price, I pounced on it.
The sink I'd like to remove sits on 2" x 4" rails mounted under it on each side, and the top of the sink is caulked to the underside of the granite along the back and sides. I would just need to cut the caulk and slide the 100-pound beast right out.
Or so I thought.
One of the aforementioned 2" x 4" side rails was shimmed by the installer, and thus the sink along that side is wedged right up against the granite so I cannot get a knife in there to cut the bond. The back and other side are cut free, but I cannot break the bond along the one edge because it's so tight. Multiple spray applications of a "wonder product" called Caulk Remover predictably did nothing. I'm out of my depths here and I'm apprehensive about tapping a chisel in there or whacking the sink with a rubber mallet for fear of busting the granite.
I called two local granite fabricators who are quoting roughly (gulp) $400 to come over and free the sink from the granite, and they are telling me I will need to sign a waiver absolving them of potential damage to the granite countertop...
I was able to get in touch via email with the guy who did the installation years ago, and he moved his business to the other side of the state. He doesn't remember for sure, but he says he can't imagine having used epoxy or anything more than just silicone to form the bond. He said that on the positive side, the marinace is at the stronger end/less likely to break than the average slab of granite.
For those of you with experience, do I: a) continue trying with chemical removers/a thin guitar string/something else; b) pay a professional whatever they charge and hope it goes well; or c) learn to love the white sink that's in there, dump the open-box almond sink, and cut my losses? Thank you.