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Cut a granite counter top

I have done this with granite tiles in two different sizes, 12 by 12 inches (30x30cm) and 18 by 26 inches (45x65cm). Not a full slab, but it should basically work the same. Tools You have two tasks ...
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How do I fix this countertop with a permanent solution?

The problem is that whoever installed this didn't screw that side of the supports into the studs or the screws were too short to go into the studs.. Over time, that support worked loose and dropped ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

I am a granite top fabricator, and every time I drill a hole in granite or marble, it always scares me. I think, "what if I crack this top by making the slightest error; I better pay attention and ...
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Can I use old bowling alley lanes as counter tops?

I made a large kitchen table from maple bowling alley with the arrows. 42" x 84" My alley boards were nailed together, but not glued. I cut it with a circle saw with a carbide tipped blade. When I ...
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installing a laminate countertop on uneven cabinets

Rather than using "L" brackets why not set the counter top in place and get a few bundles of shims and shim up the difference? The brackets will be difficult to install exactly at the height you need ...
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Should the contractor be able to drill holes in a quartz countertop?

Sink holes (faucet/soap/whatever) are almost always done on site. The actual sink cutout is already done at the shop and the company doing the install probably does not want to risk even further the ...
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Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?

I would handle this as a tile countertop. Instead of small 4x4 tiles you will be working with the larger slate sheets. This means, 3/4 plywood down as a base. Cement board on top of that and then ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

You can absolutely do this yourself with a powerdrill and 21 dollar diamond hole saw from HD. For a standard faucet hole, you need a 1 3/8" diamond hole saw. I ended up not only drilling the faucet ...
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What tool/method should I use to clean up this laminate edge?

Personally, I would invest in a new laminate routing bit and go over that edge. You could also a chisel and lightly score the edges. I'd put some masking tape on the laminate to protect it while your ...
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Repair chipped marble countertop

Epoxy is the way to go, but I would not dremel it out, leave it irregular as it is. It will need to be CLEAN, no contaminates, otherwise it may require a dremel tool. Keep it irregular since the "...
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What to fill the cut in quartz counter top with?

This looks to be a bad install. The gap seem too large and that is with the epoxy filling it. When a good installer deals with seams there is a process where they will clamp each side (suction cups ...
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Can I replace an under mount sink with a drop in sink without replacing the countertop?

I have replaced bathroom sinks of various types with ceramic style sinks that sit from the top of the vanity cabinet surface. This work best if the before and after sinks both had the faucet holes as ...
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Do I need to cut stone countertop for kitchen sink?

Does the new sink fit in the existing hole in the counter top? If so, drop it in, caulk it, adjust (if necessary) and connect the plumbing and enjoy. If not, you'll have to enlarge the hole to make ...
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How to get a granite counter top with sink off a wooden bathroom vanity

Use a long sharp knife, like a carpet/flooring knife, to slice through the caulking or construction adhesive that was used on the top of the vanity when the sink was set onto it. Then yes, use a ...
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Cut granite in home...help?

~ 20 years ago, I decided to replace my oven. My old (broken) oven was a single ~ 24" oven in a brick wall. My new oven is a double 27" oven. So that meant cutting out bricks, blocks, ...
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Can water-based paint be applied to a concrete countertop?

Can you paint it? - Yes. Will you regret painting it? - Probably. A concrete stain will get into the material and darken it, and then a concrete/stone sealer will reduce the porosity of the surface. ...
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Butcher block support over base cabinets. Is this adequate?

Copying a comment to an answer... I'd guess it would probably be ok without cross bracing, but would suggest putting your supports directly above cabinet vertical pieces to help hold the weight and ...
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How can I repair this water damage area in my "laminate"(?) countertop near my sink?

It's a design flaw, not actually your fault. [Final damning analysis at the end.] I've seen two types of that 'not-really-laminate', it's either a heat-bonded plastic or a really, really thin layer of ...
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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

I have installed sinks that are supported by the plywood sub base many times. Sometimes it was framing added strategically, since there was no room for a plywood base. FWIW, countertop installers, ...
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Washer and dryer in a recessed nook - how do I support a countertop above?

The countertop guys will laugh at you if you want to span quartz over a 5' span. Basically quartz and granite can barely span a dishwasher width - meaning we get buy with not having plywood over the ...
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What's the best ratio for sand-only concrete?

First I want to point out that the hardness has a lot to do with cure time and temperature. Longer cures (6-8 weeks) at cool temperature (say 50 °F) are harder. Short, hot cures are harder initially, ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

Having DIY'd a granite tile (24"x24") benchtop with undermount sink I'd say it's not that hard if you're careful and patient. As the comments above say you absolutely must use an alignment jig or ...
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bolting together a mitred formica counter top

I am not sure if this is possible in your situation, but when I did mine, I put the top together first, using silicone between the joint, laid the tops upside down and level, then bolted them together....
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How do I use dust saved from sanding Corian to fix scratches?

Similar to using wood dust mixed with wood glue to fill in some imperfection on a wood project. You will always see it, but most other folks won't. Kind of depends on the scratch. If you have a scrap ...
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Regrouting countertop/backspash joint - masking tape to simplify cleanup?

Actually, I think that's a great idea, and I'd tape both faces. I'd then apply a very small bead and tool (finger) it out once. Then I'd pull the tape and tool it again. You're likely to have a few ...
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What thickness is most suitable for concrete countertops?

I'm going to call this an aesthetic choice. But a bit of remesh/rebar wouldn't hurt, especially in a 60" long chunk or around a sink opening. Personally, I'd find 2-1/2" overly heavy.
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Suggestions for leg support and edge guard for countertop

The stuff for the green bit is edge banding. You can also use thin strips of the laminate that the counter is topped with if you can get it, or have some stashed, so that it matches better. The usual ...
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Outdoor kitchen countertop support

With my experience, stainless steel counter tops are the best for outdoor kitchen considering the fact that its open to regular changing weather. Make sure you opt for good brand counter tops which ...
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How to fix detachment of counter top laminate

Laminate strips like that are often made of a material like the commercial product called Formica. The material was most likely originally installed with an adhesive called contact cement. This type ...
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