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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 ...
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How can I eliminate interference between an overhanging countertop and a patio door opening?

I am in the process of remodeling the kitchen and the peninsula countertop coming into question: It's right next to the patio door and there is only 4 inches space. The countertop is 3 feet wide. ...
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How to remove countertop from cabinets while sacrificing it to maximize the chance to reuse cabinets

I have a row of "base" cabinets in the living room that I'd like to remove, but I would like to use several of them elsewhere. I don't care about the top (which is some kind of stone and already ...
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Rusty marks on bathroom sink top

I have several stains on my bathroom vanity tops that look like rust. I think they have been caused by things being left on sink tops for too long and water leaving marks around these objects. They ...
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how to repair Magic Eraser quartz Countertop Damage

Used a Mr clean Magic Eraser on a quartz Countertop which caused dullness to the surface. Can I bring back the shine?
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Can a quartz vanity countertop be recut for a larger sink?

I currently have a 55x19 quartz countertop that has a small undermount sink. If I decide to reuse the countertop for a larger drop in sink could it be recut by a pro shop? What is the probability that ...
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Is this seam normal for Quartz counter top

I was wondering if this installation looks normal (see pictures). One of the reasons that we have asked for the quartz countertop was that we thought that the seam wouldn't be that obvious. But the ...
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edge gluing more wood onto butcher block countertops to make them wider?

Question is: can I take same width strips of the same species wood - ideally from another section of same-brand butcher block, and then glue and clamp it to the butcher block countertop to make it ...
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Looking for a Kitchen Sink Hole Cover with a opening [closed]

I installed a DrinkPod that connects to my cold water link under the sink. I routed the hose through an unused hole in our kitchen counter top. Is there a Sink Hole Cover, but maybe with a smaller ...
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What type of material is my countertop made of?

My wife and I move into our very first home together and have been struggling to figure out what type of material our kitchen countertops are made of. We'd like to know for a few reasons: • There ...
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Why Does Butcher Block Countertop Need To Be Sealed Within 48 Hours?

I just bought a birch butcher block countertop from Home Depot. The instructions (https://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/71/71b1d057-7ed6-4336-a063-fb816fb7110c.pdf) states that "the butcher ...
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What is the generic term for kitchen counter laminate without particle board?

I'm trying to see if I can buy the laminate that kitchen counters usually have, but without the particle board underside. I'm trying to resurface a desk with something stronger, and it would be easy ...
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Filling in hole in bathroom counter tile

The previous owners drilled a hole in our tiled bathroom counter for a soap dispenser, but they never installed anything. We're not fans of built in dispensers and would like to fill in the hole. ...
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Removing hard water residue from Quartz

I have very hard water and a dish rack. Unbeknownst to me, under the dish rack, a few large hard water (calcium?) yellowish, rough feeling spots have formed. How should one go about removing these ...
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Can quartz be sealed? If so, would it have beneficial effects?

Quartz is not supposed to scratch and is not supposed to stain. Furthermore its not supposed to require sealing (unlike natural stone like granite). I have what appears to be low quality quartz ...
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How can I make my concrete countertop smoother?

I think I used the wrong concrete mix. It had rocks in it so when I tried to get it level, but I really struggled. I then went and bought some self leveling cement to try to balance everything out. ...
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What thickness is most suitable for concrete countertops?

If you had to choose between 2" and 2.5" thick concrete countertops, which would you opt for and why? Side note: I've heard that if you go bigger than 2" you need to start adding rebar, etc
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Which concrete mix is better for these particular countertop dimensions?

Background: Been going back and forth about which option to go with so thought I should ask the community what you think and which concrete mix is best. Dimension for each slab are listed in the ...
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What to do with a gap in the countertop next to kitchen sink?

I screwed up cutting the hole for the 25" drop in sink on my $160 countertop. It's just a little too wide. What are my options besides buying a larger 33 inch sink and being more careful next time?