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Leveling countertop for quartz

I had a Formica countertop that originally had an edge with a raised bar. I removed the Formica and the raised bar - it was made up of a stack of 2x4s that I removed - the last 2x4 that I left was ...
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Cracked formica backsplash 'curve' repair/reinforcement

Due to a massive and sudden water leak it was necessary to remove the cabinets. In doing so (removing the sink) I discovered the Previous Owner (PO) used an entire tube of caulk to secure it. The ...
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Quartz Installer refuses to use a dual mount sink - only undermount?

The company installing my quartz countertops says that the sink I provided, a dual mount ( https://www.elkay.com/products/hddsb33229tr3.html ) is not usable and that I must provide a true undermount. ...
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It looks like concrete, but does concrete overlay feel like concrete?

Disclaimer: This is not a spam post, Ed. In this video, a "concrete" countertop is built using mostly plywood with a concrete overlay. It looks okay, but I'm wondering if it actually feels ...
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Repair chipped marble countertop

I would like to fix this small hole on marble countertop. It was caused by a sharp knife edge. Goal is to make it even and smooth again but not sure what i need to do. Any help/advice is greatly ...
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What tool/method should I use to clean up this laminate edge?

I just built my first laminate countertop yesterday and finished routing all the edges. Almost halfway through routing, my bit broke so I had to borrow a beveled trim router bit. This bit left a mess ...
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How to access hole behind kitchen cabinets?

Description: I have cabinets that run along the left hand side of the kitchen. They meet in a corner, where they turn to meet my stove. Within that corner there is no shelving. Just an empty space ...
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How to mount butcher's block counter above washer/dryer?

I'm redoing my laundry room, and planning to put a butcher's block style counter top above the washer and dryer. The plan is for the counter to extend the full width of the room. Questions: It has to ...
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How to repair this scratch in laminated countertop?

I made a silly mistake and scratched the countertop of my kitchen. Is there any way to fix this?
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Can water-based paint be applied to a concrete countertop?

I recently cast a concrete countertop using melamine moulds. Overall, I'm happy with the cast slab but the colour turned out different than what I was aiming for. I was using white cement, aiming for ...
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Height of rainfall ceiling shower

I am working on designing a bathroom with the help of a professional architect. The walls and structures are already fixed. All sizes in International System (centimetres) I had enough space to go ...
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Is there a minimum required distance between window and kitchen countertops?

I'm planning on a kitchen remodel which will reduce the existing space between a window and the countertop. There is a required electrical outlet in this space. I was wondering if there is any ...
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Can this heat damage to Silestone countertop be (easily) repaired?

We cooked some meat in a sous vide for Christmas dinner. Unfortunately we must have forgotten to place a trivet underneath the stock pot we used and so there appears to be some heat damage to our ...
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Cut granite in home...help? [closed]

I unintentionally allowed a contractor to cut granite (24 sq in) in our home without proper ventilation. There was a 30 minute dust plume, followed by dust settling all over the first floor. I have ...
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What options are available to cover a gap in a stone countertop left when a slightly smaller stovetop was installed?

We installed a new drop-in stainles steel stovetop into a hole in our stone countertop. This has left a 1/4" to 1/2" gap in the rear, since it's not quite as deep as the old stovetop was. ...
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How to get a granite counter top with sink off a wooden bathroom vanity

I have a standard 37" x 22" granite top with sink on top of a typical bathroom vanity. The sink is cracked and a corner on the top is knocked off. I've found many tops with sink available ...
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Are there any new and/or innovative quality countertop products on the market? [closed]

Are there any new and/or innovative quality countertop products on the market that are easier to work with and not as heavy as quartz? For example, something like NSF certified "richlite" ...
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Do I need to cut stone countertop for kitchen sink?

I am looking to replace my top mount kitchen sink with another top mount sink that is 5cm bigger on the left-hand side, this only really affects the drying area, and the sink and waste disposal fit ...
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Outdoor tiled countertop - plywood / cement backer board / both - will it be movable?

I'm building an outdoor 'workbench' for tabletop BBQing / pizza oven / gardening. The countertop will be tiled with 6mm thick, 165mm square porcelain tiles using a flexible exterior-suited adhesive. ...
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How to fill between back of countertop and the wall

This is a section of countertop around the sink in the bathroom of my house. Whoever installed it left a pretty large gap between the back of the counter and the wall. Its filled with silicone. The ...
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How can I repair/replace this swollen section of countertop?

This countertop appears to be laminated particle board. I suspect the damage shown in these photos happened likely due to excess water being present on the countertop and seeping in between the ...
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Hole in countertop too big for faucet

I took out an old insta-hot faucet in our kitchen countertop and the hole that had been drilled was too big in diameter for any newer water filter faucet. The diameter of the hole is around 1.5" ...
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How to smooth/flatten a butcher block

I have an old piece of butcher block that I want to use as a small bit of countertop -- planning to build what is essentially a small kitchen island (18" x 24", based on the size of the butcher block)....
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How to correctly varnish/lacquer all sides of a countertop?

I am about to apply a varnish/lacquer[1] to a fairly non-small countertop (200x50cm). Because it'll be in the bathroom I want to apply it on all sides. I also want to minimize the amount of times I ...
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How to fix a crack in laminate countertop

I just finished installing mitered Formica counter-tops for the first time. After I was all finished I realized I must have cracked the laminate when I was hammering to make things flush where the ...
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Trying to install countertop/bar on an existing halfwall

Being the poor person I am, I am trying to slowly upgrade my kitchen whenever able. My parents got new counter tops and saved their old formica counters for me. I currently have an L shaped half wall ...
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What type of material is my countertop made of and how should I clean/maintain it?

Countertop was installed when before we moved in. It has a solid black appearance, when wiping with stone cleaner, it will be shiny but will dry to a matte finish. Also stains do not appear while wet, ...
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Identifying countertop material and removing mug rings

My countertop is a solid off-white material. Its finish is matte, not glossy, and because it has wood trim around the edge it's hard so get a side view - however, there is one point at which two ...
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Wondering what my countertop is made of

The previous owner installed this countertop, who cannot be reached. I have no idea what kind of counter this is and wonder if I should be treating it, what I should clean it with, etc. It does seem ...
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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?

Hello all. In the process of remodeling a kitchen, and the corner where this standalone base cabinet is going is quite out of square, to the tune of about 1/2" gap at each end of the cabinet. Next to ...
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How to Repair Laminate Countertop Wear Near Sink

I have a laminate countertop that my kitchen sink is mounted in. I've noticed the laminate is beginning to wear away and expose the particle board where the sink meets the counter. Since this is ...
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How to fix detachment of counter top laminate

I would like to fix the corner of my kitchen countertop where the laminate is comming off (see photo). Is there a clamp for this? What is it called? Can I use epoxy or should I get a special ...
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installing a laminate countertop on uneven cabinets

I will be installing a laminate countertop on some base cabinets that I've installed. I leveled the cabinets the best I could with a 4-foot level, but the problem is they are cheap, big-box, stock ...
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Was this countertop stabilized properly?

I'm in Florida and recently moved into a new apartment complex. One issue we submitted for maintenance relates to a countertop you can see in the attached in the pictures. Basically, there were no ...
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Outdoor kitchen countertop support

I'm building an outdoor kitchen and have to buy the countertops, or at least hire a countertop guy, soon. Because (a) there is a gas grill so I can't use flammable materials like plywood and (b) it's ...
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Vanity countertop support for piece over toilet

I was looking at some photos from model homes and like the vanity countertop cut: How do they support the stone where it goes out to the top of the toilet tank? I don't see anything below the stone ...
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What I can use to waterproof a sink cutout

I'm using solid wood to make a worktop/countertop in my camper van. It's going to have an undermounted sink, so I need to use something to protect the edge of the sink cutout from water. I have no ...
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Suggestions for leg support and edge guard for countertop

I need to cut open some part of the wood countertop to allow for stacking up the washer and dryer. For support, how can I add a leg (blue) to support the remaining counter top. I am thinking it has ...
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Gaps between granite countertop and plywood base

I recently had a 3cm granite countertop installed over a plywood base (approx. 72" x 24"). As is often the case, the plywood thickness varies throughout by 0.010" to 0.050". Thus, even though the ...
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How can I shorten the end overhang of a countertop?

My bathroom countertop has a long extended 6 inch wide section that extends over the toilet. I'd like to saw it off, then repair the drywall behind it. I'm not going to take the top off to cut it. ...
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Are there any non-cosmetic differences among quartz countertops?

I'm planning to get a quartz countertop. One contractor told me that all brands of quartz are the same quality since they use the same patented process. Two other contractors told me there is a ...
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How can I support a heavy sink in a homemade bench table?

We have a cool old soapstone utility sink in our laundry room that has developed a crack and needs to be replaced. We can't find/afford to replace it with the same thing, but I found a deep iron sink ...
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Do I need any kind of separator / release agent when casting concrete in shuttering plywood forms?

We'll be casting my first concrete countertops soon. We already talked thickness, reinforcement and sealing with manufacturer of concrete mix we will be using (great guys!) so on that part, we feel ...
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Can manufactured countertops warp

I have a friend with a seam in a countertop that has misaligned after about 4 years. It's man made stone but I'm not sure what material. I would like to fix it but I'd like to know more before I try. ...
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Mount cement counter top

I made an outdoor cabinet out entirely out of cedar. The counter top was made of cedar 1x4s originally but that proved to be a bad idea at preventing water ingress. Since then I've made a custom ...
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marking & cutting odd plywood shape

I need to create a non-standard shape of thick plywood (1+") for an extension to a kitchen island. Shape is something like this: ... the size is roughly 3ft-square, and the inside and outside ...
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How to remove dark stains on light-colored granite countertops

There are dark stains on my 2 year old light color granite countertops, even though I applied 2 layers of sealer* when they were brand new. They were purchased directly from a large wholesaler by a ...
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Normal working time for Quikrete 5000?

I'm having a hard time finding the "working time" specifications for Quikrete 5000. The Quikrete 5000 Data Sheet says "higher early strength", but I'm only assuming that means it will achieve a ...
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How can I fill a narrow gap in the countertop along the back of my new glass cooktop?

I had to replace my glass cooktop. I checked the specs on a replacement, and ordered the one I thought would fit. When I dropped it in the new stove top, I had a 7/8" gap. The specs online were ...
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Suitable work surface and tolerances for casting concrete countertops

I'm casting 2" thick concrete countertops using ¾" melamine forms/molds. The largest piece is about 26" square and the longest is about 55" x 11". I thought I'd make a large flat work surface for ...