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    Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    Has anyone had to enlarge the grill cut out in an outdoor kitchen? When we bought our house it had a 27 inch DCS grill that just died beyond repair and most reasonable replacements require 2-4 inches of additional width. Any suggestions on how to approach or ideas of cost for a carpenter to come in and increase the width. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    what's your counter top made of?
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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    it's made of ceramic tile and the tile runs from countertop into cut out. There is hardiboard underneath for liner.

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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    To cut already installed tile, you can use a grinder with a diamond tile blade.

    Depending of course on the structure of the cabinetry underneath (the wood). Enlarging any hole largely matters upon if there's support structure under the part you want to cut out.
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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    I'm partial to angle grinders. Just get the right kind of disk for it and be careful. Maybe clamp down a piece of wood so you can't slip off course. http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-ang ... 91222.html
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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeInNH
    I'm partial to angle grinders. Just get the right kind of disk for it and be careful. Maybe clamp down a piece of wood so you can't slip off course. http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-ang ... 91222.html
    I have used a circular saw with a tile blade and also like the angle grinder. A friend of mine who does a lot of tile likes the grinder also.
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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    Thanks for all the responses. Gonna plan it out and give it a shot.

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    Re: Easiest Way to Enlarge Grill Cut Out Opening

    What's under the hardiboard? I would imagine this is built up of either steel studs, or rot-resistant wood of some type (e.g. pressure treated) as the framing. In either case, the cutout for the BBQ head likely was built up with cross members holding up the corners and possibly holding up the bottom of the cutout. To expand the cutout, it may be necessary to redo the frame surrounding the cutout to ensure that it will properly support the BBQ head and the corners of the tiled surface.
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