Supporting the flange of an undermount sink with a sink harness can help prevent the surrounding granite countertop from cracking.
The face of a framed cabinet pops off easily once the screws holding adjacent cabinets together are removed.
A leaking sink flange can deliver water to the reinforcing rod, causing it to rust and expand, eventually cracking the granite.
Covering the surrounding area with poly helps with the dust, but even using fans and a vacuum attachment on the grinder doesn't eliminate it all. It's important to make that clear to the homeowners ahead of time so they are not surprised.
Here you can see the underside of a repaired countertop. Once the rod was removed, the slot was cleaned with acetone and then packed with anchoring epoxy.
If the countertop has cracked extensively, prying the rod may result in the granite pieces falling away. In such cases, it's best to reinforce the granite before putting any pressure on the rod.
Hot-melt gluing blocks to the sink shoulders helps to keep the granite from falling apart while the rod is being removed.
A piece of melamine reinforced with a 1-by supports the granite pieces while they are being glued together.
Dani Clamps hold a solid-surface repair together during glue-up. For stone, the author wraps one clamp around another and uses more clamps.
The granite shown here was badly cracked. Cuts on the bottom and the sink-side at either end allowed a piece of granite to be neatly broken off so the rod could be removed without further damage.