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Which home improvement projects produce the highest return on investment when selling?

I am looking to put my home on the market in the next few months (in Ohio). Which home improvement projects produce the highest return on investment when selling? Should I invest in exotic ...
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What kitchen counter material would you recommend and why?

What are the pros and cons of various kitchen counter top materials? Granite Corian Concrete Laminate Quartz Silestone Other
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Can I use old bowling alley lanes as counter tops?

There's a guy in Brooklyn who has a huge stash of old maple bowling alley lanes that he says a person can make counter tops out of. The wood is actually pretty beautiful and some of it has inlaid pin ...
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How much clearance is required around a kitchen island?

How much space should at least be around a kitchen island?
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Tips to Remove Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops without Damage for Donation?

We're taking on a project to upgrade our kitchen cabinets and countertops, but we think that the current cabinets are quite new and usable (just not our style). We'd like to remove them while ...
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What is the best way to improve counter tops without completely replacing them?

I would like to re-do our counter tops in the kitchen. We currently have the laminate on particle board type. What is the best way to refinish this type of counter top to make it look higher ...
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How do you refinish a Corian countertop?

The title says it all. We have a Corian countertop. One of the selling points of this type of counter is that it is supposedly easy to fix minor flaws in it, but there seems to be little information ...
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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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How can I cut wood in a very awkward location?

I recently installed a new kitchen sink and faucet. It was one of those with the spot for a dish detergent pump. After getting everything in, I come to find out there just isn't enough room to fit ...
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How can I tell if my counter top is silestone or granite?

I just bought a house, that came with granite counter tops. I was doing some research on it and noticed that Silestone looks exactly like granite. I don't know for sure if my counter tops are indeed ...
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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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How should I re-caulk my butcher block counter top?

Last year I had my kitchen re-done. Everything thus far has held up well with the exception of the caulk between the counter top (butcher-block) and the back splash (tile). What would be the best ...
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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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How to tidily integrate power into an island

I'm currently running the ducts for wiring into my gutted kitchen and was wondering how best to integrate power into my island. I've seen pop-up products like this and this that fit nicely into the ...
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Island under-the-counter refrigerator

We recently bought a house that has a free-standing wine fridge placed in a space in the kitchen island (I hesitate to say installed). We also bought this place knowing full well that unit did not ...
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Are butcher-block countertops appropriate for a very hot and humid climate?

I am thinking of ideas for furnishing a kitchen - my first home - and I am thinking of using a butcher-block top for my counter. I have a few questions: I live in Singapore where it is very hot ...
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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 to get sink off of countertop?

We are getting new countertops, and we need to remove the sink before they install them. The sink is attached with a hardened glue. We can't seem to get the sink off without bending the metal. How ...
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Considerations for making a 4-5 cm hole in a steel counter top?

About a year ago, I bought a small counter top dishwasher; the apartment I lived in a the time had a kitchen with a connector for it on back of the tap. I have since moved, and the new apartment's ...
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How do I install laminate counter tops? What are some tips/tricks to it?

I'm preparing to install a new laminate counter top in my kitchen; as this is the first I have installed by myself, I would like to know if there are any tip/tricks or things to look out for while ...
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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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Can granite countertops be used as a desktop on a custom desk?

Granite countertops have become quite popular lately. How is Granite typically fastened to base cabinets? Would it be suitable to use as a desktop, say with just four legs attached to it (not a full ...
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How do I bend a wooden edging for a tile counter top?

I'm about to build a tile counter top (or bench top as we call it here) for a new kitchen. I'm going to be using large porcelain floor tiles on top and thought I'd finish the edges with a nice native ...
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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 pros and cons of prefab granite vs. custom slab?

I am remodeling my kitchen and would like to put in granite countertops. It seems that there are two main ways to get granite. Buy a large slab and have it custom cut to fit the kitchen design. Buy ...
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How is Hanstone compared to other quartz products?

We're settled on putting in quartz countertops in our new kitchen, but now we're down to comparing and pricing various brand-name products. I've looked at Cambria and a few others, but they are a bit ...
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How do I install a butcher block breakfast bar on a half wall?

Well, I finally got around to tiling and grouting the backsplash in our kitchen. This leaves one last project to do- installing the breakfast bar on the island. The island is a bank of three base ...
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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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Re-oiling a wooden worktop

I've sanded down a wooden worktop and I'm attempting to re-coat it. I've done 5 thin coats of oil so far, a day between each, but it's still quite dull compared to previously. How many coats should I ...
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How can I repair kitchen counters that are disintegrating?

We have a pretty standard 90s style laminate kitchen counter top. There are cabinets and a dishwasher underneath, and the counter overhangs them by about a half inch. The bottom of the overhang is ...
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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. Here's a picture: I ...
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Is it possible to connect an inline filter to a hot water dispenser?

I plan to install an under-counter hot water dispenser and want to pre-filter the water. I found this product that already includes a pre-filter, but the cartridges appear to be proprietary and ...
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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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Can I use silicone “window & door” caulk between a kitchen counter and backsplash?

I need to caulk my granite counter-top and ceramic tile back-splash. The big box store only has "kitchen" caulk in white, clear and almond. These colors are not going to work for me, I really want to ...
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How should I distribute the weight on a marble island?

I am building a rather large cart for use in my kitchen. Due to the dimensions of the room the top (marble) is about 5' 7" long, 14" wide and is quite heavy (estimated 150 pounds). My largest ...
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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 do I make this large mold for concrete countertop?

I've been wanting to make a concrete counter-top for a long time but there's one section that is giving me trouble. The mold would have to be bigger than would fit on a standard 4' x 8' sheet of ...
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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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How can I build and install kitchen cabinets?

I will be building the kitchen cabinets in my new house, I'm thinking on the following steps: Brick base (about 10-15 cms); Wood structure for cabinets and coutertops screwed to the base and the ...
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Can I hone Silestone from a glossy finish to a matte finish?

I would like to hone (make the glossy finish matte) my Silestone kitchen countertops. Is this possible either through an acid wash, sanding or other? Sanding works on samples but will be difficult ...
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How to caulk stone backsplash to granite countertop?

My kitchen has a stone backsplash and granite countertops. In some places there is a gap between the two, as illustrated below. I would like to seal this gap to prevent moisture from getting ...
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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 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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Can my floor support Kitchen Island?

I am installing a 5' x 3' kitchen island consisting of two base cabinets. Once I've installed the two base cabinets, SilestoneUSA will install a quartz counter top. My plan is to screw two ...
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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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How do I repair this laminate bubble?

I set a boiling hot pot on top of the laminate countertop & this happened: Is there a way to repair that, or do I have to replace the countertop?
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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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Can I use another grout sealer after using Grout Boost?

I put Grout Boost in when I did the grout on my kitchen counter-top. Is it OK to put another sealer on top even though I used the Grout Boost in the grout?
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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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Can you use Danish Oil after using linseed oil?

I've fitted my kitchen with beech worktops and I was recommended to use boiled linseed oil. Now I have read that Danish oil is the preferred oil for kitchen use, and it dries quicker. The linseed oil ...