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What kind of drill bit can I use for a small hole on Silestone countertop?

I need to drill 2 small holes on the underside of my Silestone countertop to secure a new dishwasher. What kind of drill bit can I use? AFAIK Silestone is some kind of artificial quartz, but I wonder ...
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Need to fix tile that has fallen off

I have some tile in my kitchen that has fallen off (unglued I suppose). See pictures below. How do I fix this? Recommendations for a novice DIYer?
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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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Washer and dryer in a recessed nook - how do I support a countertop above?

So I have a recessed nook about 64" wide and 30" deep (it fits my washer and dryer side by side, plus a 6" narrow cabinet pull-out). I'm planning to have a (probably quartz) countertop installed. I ...
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How to cleanly remove a section of countertop

The counter in this kitchen has a section that is narrower than the main section due to having a door next to it. Although the previous solution has impeccable taste, its just not my style. (see ...
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Is it acceptable to install new cabinets parallel with the floor rather than plumb and level?

My house sits on a slab that is currently not level. Given that I have plans to correct the foundation issues in about 1.5-2 years, does it make sense to install the cabinets so that they are squared ...
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How can I restore the shine to a quartz countertop?

My kitchen counter top is made of QUARTZ, and I have a small area that the shine is dull. Can the surface be restored to make the shine uniform as it was?
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How do I remove black rings on a wood kitchen top formed by a tin can?

At our house we have a wood kitchen-top. We had placed on it a tin can (a typical cookies can), and probably because of some water sitting there, a black ring has been formed where the tin touched the ...
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how to safely remove granite counter top

is it possible to re-use granite countertop when i am replacing cabinets in my kitchen? or is there a high chance of breaking it? Thanks
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What products will make installation of subway tile over laminate backsplash successful?

I am updating my parents 1946 home (it has been remodeled & updated before but not kitchen counters) and want to change the look of original worn laminate counter & backsplash (bright yellow ...
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Smart counter around kitchen sink

I am replacing my kitchen, and I'm going to use bamboo for the kitchen top. Imagine the rough layout where T = Top, W = Wall, S = Sink, R = Refrigerator. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ...
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How to fix a chipped countertop

I recently remodeled my kitchen and while putting in the sink I had to remove it and i forgot to remove one clip and it ripped off a small piece of the laminate. So my question is if there is some way ...
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How should I finish a wooden countertop that will have a stovetop and a sink?

I'm doing a tiny house sort of project and plan to have a sink and propane camp stove inset into a wooden countertop. What sort of wood should I use, and how should I finish it to reduce the risk of ...
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How noticeable should the seam be on a quartz counter install?

This is my first question on the DIY stack so be gentle with me! Background We just had new quartz counters installed in our kitchen renovation. We have done everything else our selves, but we ...
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How do I determine the ideal height stool for a given height surface (table, counter, bar, etc.)?

My immediate need is to ensure that I'm matching the right height stools to a kitchen island, but I assume there's a standard difference that's ideal for an eating seat to be from the eating surface? ...
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How should I treat mold under the caulk around my kitchen sink?

I've got a tiled kitchen countertop and have noticed some mold under the caulking around the sink, especially where the tile dips. Should I clean out the old caulk and re-caulk the area, or pop the ...
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How to choose a kitchen faucet compatible with old sink and new counter top?

I need to replace my kitchen faucet which just broke. However, we're already planning to have a new counter top installed in about 3 months (I was hoping the old faucet would last). I want to buy a ...
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cover cut edge of kitchen worktop

Just fitted a kitchen from ikea... all but the worktops. Our kitchen is a corner kitchen. The worktops we have been provided are a stock length and need to be cut down in length to fit. After I ...
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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 ...
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Quartz countertop - how far should the countertop extend past the underlying plywood?

Working with a contractor that's not very good at staying on top of the details. They are in the process of installing the kitchen cabinets and just finished attaching the plywood to the top of the ...
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Do kitchen undermount sinks always attach to the granite / quartz or do I have to make a precise hole in the 5/8" plywood

Do stainless steel kitchen undermount sinks always attach to the granite / quartz or do I have to make a precise (routed?) hole in the 5/8" plywood to drop the sink and, have it be supported by the ...
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How to polish Corian countertop?

I have a Corian countertop that has seen many years of wear and tear. I'd like to sand and polish it however the instructions that came with the countertop recommend Hope's Countertop Polish as the ...
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Placing stove in center of island or on an edge

I'm not entirely sure if this is the correct place to post this question since it does border somewhat on decorating, but I'm looking for a more inclusive answer rather then just 'does it look good'. ...
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Sealing open space behind kitchen counter in rental with shoddy rehab?

The kitchen in the rental house I live in has a counter which was installed rather poorly - there is a gap of about an inch between it and the wall, and mice are able to scurry up this to the kitchen ...
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Popup outlet on kitchen island - is it against building codes? California

I've seen these small round popup outlets. I spoke with a contractor we have doing a remodel of our kitchen and he said it would violate building codes. Didn't even give me a chance to show him what ...
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Stove-side table material

My apartment has a small gas stove, and I'd like to build a small table next to it to act as additional counter-space (as there's currently no counter-space immediately next to the stove) and also as ...
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How to make 1/4 inch beveled edge on unfinished walnut countertop

I have 6ftx4ft black walnut countertop delivered unfinished (for cost savings reason). Please help me find out the best tool to use to make a 1/4 inch beveled edge for this rectangular piece of ...
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How can I fill in a large hole in a granite kitchen countertop?

This isn't your regular faucet-change hole or a minor cavity - it's a really large hole someone made in this granite counter top. I'm renting this flat so replacing the whole counter is not an option. ...
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How can I repair water-damaged hardwood countertops?

Me and my housemate are complete novices when it comes to home improvement/DIY/etc. so when we moved into a recently renovated house with solid wood worktops, we were oblivious to what care they might ...
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How do you refinish a concrete countertop?

I have concrete countertops in my kitchen that, unfortunately, weren't sealed properly. They quickly began picking up stains from water, so the contractor that made them took them back and somehow ...
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Do integrated condenser tumble dryers exist?

We're looking to fit a condenser tumble dryer into a kitchen unit. It is possible to buy both integrated and free-standing vented dryers, but only a free-standing condenser. Searching the internet we ...
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Kitchen counter with tiles - what to use for grout?

I am thinking of making a counter top of something (maybe plywood) tiled with granite tiles (I am yet undecided on granite colour, but assume a dark sparkly grey). I would like the surface to be as ...
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Converting a table into a counter

I want to take a sentimental (but not expensive) table that my father built my husband and I for our first apartment. He used old spindles from my parents first home and the hardwood . And made a ...
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What is a good option for raising my kitchen sink?

We just moved in to a new-to-us house (build in 1986), and I feel like the kitchen sink is "too" low. I've just learned that "standard" counter height is 36 inches; I measure 35 1/4" from the floor to ...
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How do you install a granite counter top as a floating shelf on a cement wall?

Here is a picture of the space, I want to install a vessel sink and a granite counter top. I would like to install it as a floating shelf and later add in the cabinets as I don't have them at the ...
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Measuring clearance height for dishwasher

I am purchasing an 18" dishwasher but not installing it. I have to make sure it is the right size so that there are no issues when the installer comes. I have no idea how to install appliances. My ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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LED undercabinet lights but 240v inputs

I have replaced a run of halogen under cabinet lights with 1w lights running of an LED driver. This string of LEDs goes under a run of wall cabinets over a worksurface. I have two smaller ...
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How can I repair my damaged kitchen counter?

I made a stupid mistake and placed a hot pan on the kitchen counter top directly, which made a small burn and a bigger bump filled with air that cracked after a little while. I don't know much about ...
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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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Can you use the actual sink to route an undermount sink hole in a butcher block counter?

I plan to install an undermount sink in a new butch block counter top that is 1 1/8" thick. In order to cut the sink hole, could I simply attach the undermount sink to the counter in the correct ...
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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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How can I repair battery acid damage on a Caesar-stone counter?

A regular alkaline AA battery apparently leaked on our Caesar-stone (similar to Silestone) island counter top. If this is indeed the case, it has been left there for several weeks. It left a battery ...
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What to fill the cut in quartz counter top with?

My wife an I had a new quartz counter top installed in July. In autumn the seam between two pieces expanded and if there was a sealant between the two pieces to also separated. With further weather ...
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How can I prevent objects from falling into the gap behind my freestanding range?

We just had a new freestanding electric range installed at our house this morning. My wife called me after it was installed and told me that the new power cord plug is thicker than our old one, ...
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What bit to use to cut a hole in quartz counter top?

What bit should I use to cut a hole to put in quartz counter top. I got a Glass ceramic tile bit and was wondering if that would work
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What is the best way to get superglue off a Corian countertop?

My kids and I have spilled superglue onto a Corian countertop in our kitchen, I've heard you can buff out scratches and such from these, but I'd rather avoid scraping and buffing if possible. Is ...
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Tile veneer cabinets / fix veener damage

My wife would like me to put in a tile backsplash for the kitchen. She really didn't like the granite backer, so I had to pull it off. Problem is, the granite was glued onto the cabinet, and when I ...
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How to shine a dull mark on granite worktop?

I have a scratch on a black granite worktop which I have buffed away with a Dremel polishing piece and some 2000 grit sandpaper, however the area has lost its shine/lustre compared to the rest of the ...
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What's the maximum span for a regular kitchen worktop?

I'm looking at using a regular laminated worktop as a desk in my office room. The room is just under 3m long - would I need to add a leg support in the middle if I attach it to the wall with a simple ...