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How to restore marble and granite surfaces?

We have marble floors, walls and sink-top in our bathroom, and also granite counter tops in our kitchen. All of these look a little dull. How can we renew their shine?
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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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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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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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What are the relative merits of stainless steel vs. granite composite sinks?

I am about to begin a project to install a bar sink. I am debating between granite composite, such as the Blanco, and a conventional stainless steel sink. In either case, the sink will be mounted ...
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Should the support structure for a kitchen island be built on top of tiles?

I'm currently remodeling my kitchen, and I'm going to have a 9'x40" granite island in the new kitchen. There will be only two 33" wide base cabinets under the granite top, one on each end. The two ...
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How do I secure a dishwasher under a granite counter?

I purchased some Loctite power grab yesterday in hopes to attach my dishwasher to the granite countertop that it has not adhered to very well with just caulk. I'm having second thoughts, now, since ...
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How can I remove a granite countertop from a wooden vanity?

I recently purchased an inexpensive bath vanity from the Home Labyrinth. It included a low-end granite top that is not properly sized for my bathroom. Unexpectedly, out of the box, the granite is ...
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How should I clean stone surfaces prior to applying sealer?

I apply impregnating sealer to all my tile and stone surfaces annually. I had been cleaning it with just soap and water, then letting the surface dry for a few minutes before applying the sealer. It ...
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Do I have the right tools for drilling granite?

What I'm doing: taking rounded granite stones and cutting the bottoms flat with an angle grinder and drilling 2-3" the other side for a flower, pen, etc. (3/8") What I'm using: Bosch multi purpose ...
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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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Are all epoxy created equal?

I'm under mounting a sink to a slab of granite and there many different brands of epoxy. Is one better for this type of job?
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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 to hang very heavy (marble, granite, quartz, etc.) shelves on drywall and studs?

I am planning a kitchen remodel and I have been looking into hanging some kind of stone-ish shelves on one wall. Surprisingly, I'm having a hard time finding much information on the feasibility of ...
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How can I join two solid surface vanity tops for a seamless appearance?

I purchased two Swanstone solid surface vanity tops for my double-bowl sink. I trimmed them to site side-by-side and planned to use white silicone caulk between them to fill any very small gaps. ...
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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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Glue to Secure Dishwasher to Granite

Recently my dishwasher (DW) required service which meant pulling it out from under the granite counter top. The DW was secured to the counter top with two metal tabs which were glued to the counter ...
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When cutting granite does a diamond blade need to be wet?

I have to make an 1/8 inch cut on a 6" strip of granite with an angle grinder and diamond blade. I am not worried about dust for such a small cut, but I do not want to break or chip the granite. Is ...
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Best Removable Glue for Gluing Metal Towel Bar to Stone

I rent an apartment where half of the walls of my bathroom are made out of a beautifully finished granite. This looks nice, but when it comes to hanging my chrome-plated towel bar, there have been ...
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Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?

I bought a new batch of beige granite countertops and they look great, have a good shine, but they are retaining moisture easily after sealing 3-4 times. I use Aquamix Gold on all my other granite ...
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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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Low-cost way to bullnose & polish edge of granite tile

What's a good, cheap way to polish the dull, chalky, cut edges of black granite 3x6 subway tile (approx. 10 linear feet, total). The tile is still boxed. I have the following power tools available: ...
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How To Level Uneven Fireplace Hearth Concrete?

I am remodeling my fireplace. The hearth and mantle were granite/marble slabs (huge ones cut around the firebox). I removed them from the mantle and hearth with a sledge and chisel, expecting thinset ...
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What type of rotary hammer bit would work well to drill large holes in granite?

I plan to fence my property with driven metal T-posts (max cross section 1.45”). A section of it goes across a granite rock outcropping. This in the area near Stone Mountain in Georgia. I plan to buy ...
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How to stabilize decomposed granite after installation

We had a professional landscaping company install decomposed granite in our front and back yard. They were supposed to use decomposed granite with a stabilizer but instead used a weed sprayer to ...
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Granite stained by Liquid Nails

Obligatory apology: I am only an ambitious DIY'er and feel I can learn to do almost anything on my own, but that only works if I ask the right questions. Apparently I missed one. So yes, I am a doof. ...
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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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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Removing silicone caulk from counter

I have a granite counter top, and a small granite backsplash that sits on the counter and goes up about 3 inches. There's about a 1/8" gap between the two that had silicone caulk which I am trying to ...
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How to remove a granite window sill?

I need to remove a granite window sill in order to install plantation shutters. How can this be done? Can it be done without damaging the wall that the granite is affixed to (at the base of the ...
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Nero Mist granite countertop

I'm in the process of choosing a material for a new kitchen counter. One that I'm considering is a honed Nero Mist granite. I'm trying to find out from someone who has the same type of granite how ...
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Granite countertop installation on top of 4x4 outdoor

I am planning to have a piece of granite countertop 2' x 8' outdoor like the below photo. I could run two (2) 2x4 on the side of the 4x4 posts to make the bottom materials 7" wide. Then lay 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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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'...
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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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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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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles has ...
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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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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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Ideas for plugging a hole in granite vanity

I got a nice piece of granite for cheap, and I am almost ready to mount it on the new vessel is actually smaller than the dimensions! See below: Any suggestions? Ideally I want to find a sink that ...
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Can I drill smaller holes in granite?

Can I drill smaller holes in granite? I want to install aluminum shelves on a vertical backsplash behind the stove. I will need to drill 7 holes for screws and or mollies. If I can ascertain the studs ...
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how to remove soap stain from granite countertop

I was fixing my dishwasher door recently and this resulted in some liquid dishwasher soap sitting on my counter for 1-2 hours. How can I remove this stain on my counter? I can’t tell if the seal has ...
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Putting 2cm granite on top of plywood and adhensive

I posted a question here about my idea for outdoor granite countertop: Granite countertop installation on top of 4x4 outdoor I found a 2 cm countertop piece (without the thick L-shape edges) as it's ...
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Granite top loosing shine and looks like cloudy

Our granite is a dark colored(it is granite and not imitation, not sure of the exact details though). We use 409 granite and steel for cleaning every day. I did the granite sealant a month ago after 6 ...
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Cutting sink boss from granite composite sink

We have a Swanstone composite granite drop in sink. We have a very narrow counter. The sink fits but the sink boss extensions in the front will not be used and I would really like to cut them off to ...
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Does the granite countertop on my deck require separate footings?

If I want to have a granite countertop as a table on top of my deck, do I need to support the 4 corners with actual footing, like 4x4 with concrete? Or it is possible to just bold the 4 legs on the ...
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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 ...