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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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How do I clamp this old sink onto a new countertop?

If the counter overhung the cabinet opening a little as it is supposed to you could use sink clips like these. Given your unusual opening with no overhang you would have to make your own clips. ...
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Bright type of material for kitchen countertop

It's more likely a manmade conglomerate stone, or it could be a natural Breccia. A very similar if not the same look is described as Breccia Aurora. Which is a type of marble. Image Source, no ...
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Should I be able to see the seam on an L-shaped Quartz countertop?

The seam itself looks fine. But it could have been tinted a little better. Admittedly all the tops we have ever had have been dark to black and the seams are almost unnoticeable. I would approach the ...
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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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Fix scratch on quartz countertop

Leave it be, you'll probably make it worse and more noticeable than it is. Besides, I see no scratches except for a scuff. If you're not prepared to re-polish all visible surfaces then whatever you do ...
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How to hide edge where granite countertop meets cabinet?

Usually a bead of caulking in your favourite available colour. Will also seal the joint to prevent any spills from going in/under.
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How to make a flush in-counter cutting board?

I had a similar problem where a hot pan was put on the countertop and bubbled the formica. I routed out the damaged area and squared it off to the appropriate size and depth so it wouldn't look out of ...
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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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How to hide edge where granite countertop meets cabinet?

That is handled with caulk. Either black or a color close to the light part of the counter, almond or tan. I find good results if I apply the caulk. Smooth with a finger, then wipe with a lightly ...
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Need to keep countertop, but fill hole where sink was

Epoxy resin. Infused with something you think looks nice. Tint, glitter, bits of wood, marbles, flowers, you name it. Look up "epoxy resin projects" on youtube for creative ideas. Glue a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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