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How to remove a granite window sill?

I need to remove a granite window sill in order to install plantation shutters. How can this be done? Can it be done without damaging the wall that the granite is affixed to (at the base of the ...
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Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?

I bought a new batch of beige granite countertops and they look great, have a good shine, but they are retaining moisture easily after sealing 3-4 times. I use Aquamix Gold on all my other granite ...
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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Cut a granite counter top

What's the best way for a DIY granite counter top to be cut? What tools do I need that will do the job without breaking the bank?
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How To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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How can I remove a granite countertop from a wooden vanity?

I recently purchased an inexpensive bath vanity from the Home Labyrinth. It included a low-end granite top that is not properly sized for my bathroom. Unexpectedly, out of the box, the granite is ...
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How can I join two solid surface vanity tops for a seamless appearance?

I purchased two Swanstone solid surface vanity tops for my double-bowl sink. I trimmed them to site side-by-side and planned to use white silicone caulk between them to fill any very small gaps. ...
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Do I have the right tools for drilling granite?

What I'm doing: taking rounded granite stones and cutting the bottoms flat with an angle grinder and drilling 2-3" the other side for a flower, pen, etc. (3/8") What I'm using: Bosch multi purpose ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

I recently bought an under-counter kegerator and need to have some holes drilled in the granite countertop for the tap. The template and mount has 1.75" hole in the center (to run the beer lines) and ...
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How do I secure a dishwasher under a granite counter?

I purchased some Loctite power grab yesterday in hopes to attach my dishwasher to the granite countertop that it has not adhered to very well with just caulk. I'm having second thoughts, now, since ...
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How can I repair a hole in the underside of a granite counter?

My granite counter problems started a few short years after installation. A crack appeared at each end of the sink where the pieces were joined. The cracks have since multiplied and now the underside ...
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Why does our “granite” worktop mark so easily?

We had a new kitchen installed, supposedly by experts, but the "granite" worktop that was installed is really really fragile. I had expected a granite worktop to be hard and durable, but this is ...
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Are all epoxy created equal?

I'm under mounting a sink to a slab of granite and there many different brands of epoxy. Is one better for this type of job?
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How should I clean stone surfaces prior to applying sealer?

I apply impregnating sealer to all my tile and stone surfaces annually. I had been cleaning it with just soap and water, then letting the surface dry for a few minutes before applying the sealer. It ...
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Can I support a granite countertop overhang with embedded steel bars?

I have read that you can support a granite overhang (such as a bar) using 1/4" steel bars below or embedded in the rough top. The purpose of this is to support the 16" overhang without using corbels ...
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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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Should the support structure for a kitchen island be built on top of tiles?

I'm currently remodeling my kitchen, and I'm going to have a 9'x40" granite island in the new kitchen. There will be only two 33" wide base cabinets under the granite top, one on each end. The two ...
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How to hang very heavy (marble, granite, quartz, etc.) shelves on drywall and studs?

I am planning a kitchen remodel and I have been looking into hanging some kind of stone-ish shelves on one wall. Surprisingly, I'm having a hard time finding much information on the feasibility of ...
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How to restore marble and granite surfaces?

We have marble floors, walls and sink-top in our bathroom, and also granite counter tops in our kitchen. All of these look a little dull. How can we renew their shine?
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What type of corbels are needed to support a granite counter top?

I am having a new granite counter top installed and the counter installer has said that I need to install new corbels on the knee-wall to support the weight of the granite counter top. The current ...
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Fill a crack in the granite countertop

I have granite countertops in the kitchen. Recently I noticed there was a very think crack right where 2 slabs join each other. It is about 2 in away from the edge of the slab. I'm looking for a ...
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Should I seal my granite countertop?

I recently redid my kitchen and brought new granite countertops. The company that did the installation was crappy and I had to put in my own supports and other odds and ends that I thought was ...