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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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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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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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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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Do I really need buildup strips under laminate countertops?

We have our laminate countertops for at least part of the kitchen cut and glued together (and secured with miter bolts). In looking for info about attaching it to cabinets, I found that most websites ...
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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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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?
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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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Concrete countertops ghosting fix?

I just poured my very first concrete project over the weekend and made what I think is a rookie mistake. Somehow I have ghosting from the metal wire that I used as reinforcement. As you can see here:...
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What's the best ratio for sand-only concrete?

I'm making concrete countertops, so sand-only is the way to go to reduce voids in the forms. (I've done a half dozen samples). I've looked everywhere for mix ratios, but it's a weird request, and I ...
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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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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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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 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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Removing Caulk from Quartz bathroom countertop

My contractor used white silicon caulk on my quartz tri-colored brand new bathroom countertop, smearing it in a wide swath on all the seams where backsplash meets the countertop. My quartz countertop ...
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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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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 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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Kitchen peninsula countertop over hang to patio door

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bubbles and craters in polyurethane

This is the first time I've done anything like this before. I used a part a and VB a part b type resin. After mixing I applied it to the wood surface. I was told all I had to do is gently blow the ...
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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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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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Can I replace an under mount sink with a drop in sink without replacing the countertop?

I have bathroom basins I wish to replace with ones that are above counter will this work for me with the holes that have been made from sunk in basins or are we talking new bench tops?
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How do I remove a rust stain on my bathroom vanity counter?

We just moved into a rental home and I seem to have done something stupid. I have a metal plate that I made into a make holder that I spray painted gold on the sink counter top. I must have gotten wet ...
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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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Quartz countertop seam strength

I have a 108" section of 26" deep counters. From left to right, starting at the 39" mark, there is a 48" gap for a wine fridge and bar fridge. Then there is a 21" cabinet on the right side. Had ...
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Do I need a plywood base to install granite countertops?

I will have the following run of cabinets (which will be screwed together and to the back wall) and will install a 20mm (3/4") thick granite countertop over it (with sink and cooktop range). I've ...
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Will a 1" thick granite countertop span 22 inches?

I want a makeup vanity but have only enough space for one 18" base. I have granite and a base of drawers 22" deep by 18" wide. If I affix the granite atop the base and extend it to reach the wall, ...
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Pouring concrete countertops over lazy susan

Long story short, we are planning on putting in concrete countertops because our garbage disposal is broken (we were going to do it eventually, but this accelerated the timeline). In order to get the ...
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Regrouting countertop/backspash joint - masking tape to simplify cleanup?

I have a granite kitchen countertop with a tile backspash. The grout in the joint where the tile abuts the countertop is crumbling, and I'm planning to scrape out as much as I can and replace it with ...
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How do I use dust saved from sanding Corian to fix scratches?

I recently installed a wet bar with a Corian counter top. When I sanded it (starting with 200 grit and working up to 2500) i created a bunch of Corian dust. I had heard that I should save this in ...
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How can I repair a granite countertop where multpile chunks have broken off?

A mirror door on the bathroom medicine cabinet broke off and took out a good chunk of granite countertop on the bathroom sink fixture. We're not talking about a crack or chip, not something small. We'...