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Hole in granite countertop for kitchen faucet slightly small

Two things: Do not do this yourself. The other answer is technically right but I would only do that if there was no hole. Either call up the place you got the granite from or another installer (...
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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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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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Hole in granite countertop for kitchen faucet slightly small

Get a 1-3/8" diamond hole saw. Create your 1-3/8" template secure it to the counter (make sure it won't move). I'd use something at least 1.5" thick so that the hole saw stays plumb. ...
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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

Most likely it's silicone. You should be able to cut it with a razor/knife to free the sink and then scrape/peel it off completely once the sink is out of the way.
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Is there a non-glossy silicone for granite backsplashes?

Wow! Not how I ever installed any backsplash. I would have applied a small bead of silicone to the bottom edge of the BS, install it on the counter top and push down and hold down until dry (sticks ...
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When cutting granite does a diamond blade need to be wet?

Whether you use water or not is entirely dependent on the blade, not the material (unless you are cutting something soluble in water). Some binders used in diamond blades and bits take heat better ...
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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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Why is my granite still retaining a lot of water after sealing?

If you look at polished granite with a magnifying glass, you'll see the tiny fissure and pock marks that allow moisture from water and other liquids to penetrate into it. Just because it's polished ...
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Glue to Secure Dishwasher to Granite

Two Part Epoxy. But I wouldn't use it to hold the clip in; I'd use it to attach a tee nut, which is then fastened with a bolt to the clips on the dishwasher, facilitating removal or replacement in ...
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Do I have the right tools for drilling granite?

I have been drilling 1" diameter holes to a depth of 6" in solid granite. I have been using carbide tipped SDS MAX masonry bits in a Makita HR4013c SDS drill. These holes are drilled in 50 seconds. ...
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How can I fill in a large hole in a granite kitchen countertop?

The stains near the hole seem to suggest that someone had something like a coffee machine installed in this position that was plumbed for water (and maybe a small drain line) through the cabinet below....
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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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What adhesive is typically used to "glue" a porcelain under-counter sink to a stone countertop

You can get silicones that are also adhesives. Best of both worlds. Just search "silicone adhesive". A selection from a UK builders' merchant chain.
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

You mean as a backsplash? Just about any material can be used: ceramic, glass, vinyl, ABS, wood, aluminum, steel, contact paper, etc. See this gallery for many ideas. While most of them are ...
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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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Best Removable Glue for Gluing Metal Towel Bar to Stone

You can use 3M Command Strips. You just need the strips themselves, and not the hook. Attach one side to the bracket and the other to the granite. When you move out, just pull down on the strip to ...
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Fitting dishwasher under granite

Many dishwashers have adjustable feet that may help. The other thing to consider is the floor - is that level? And matching the worktop?
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How do I install a countertop with a large overhang without using a corbel or post?

I have gone through this on about 20 installs and have gotten better from my first ones. The thicker the L-bracket the better. A lot of time the big box doesn't sell ones that are made for ...
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What's best to stick granite backsplash to granite countertop?

Clear, slow (ie, not 5 minute set time) epoxy is what I'd use. Apply masking tape on the countertop exactly at the seam line. Same for the backsplash. Glue and set the backsplash (clamp gently in ...
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What's best to stick granite backsplash to granite countertop?

YOU DON'T. If it isn't against a wall then it serves no function. The point of the backsplash is so the wall isn't hit with water. You want water on the sink (in a normal vanity situation) to go ...
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Is there a non-glossy silicone for granite backsplashes?

Based on the super straight lines I assume the installer used the tape method but chose to expose a lot of granite rather than targeting just the seam. Either have them do this or do it yourself after ...
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Are all epoxy created equal?

The common 2 part epoxies from the hardware store or home center are NOT waterproof. I learned this the hard way using them on boat projects. If you are going to use epoxy, it's worth the few extra ...
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

To expand on wallyk's answer: nearly anything. It's really entirely up to you. The main two things to consider are maintainability (how easy is it to keep clean) and aesthetics (what do you like?) ...
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Can I drill smaller holes in granite?

For best results, when it comes to drilling into stone, always use diamond drill bits. Don't let the term diamond scare you away from buying one. They're readily available from such vendors as Amazon ...
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How to remove a granite window sill?

The short answer is maybe, it really depends on what it was affixed with and how thick the granite piece is. The key to removing it (or anything) without breaking it will be to have multiple pry ...
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Cutting sink boss from granite composite sink

If you mean the tabs for the brackets to attach?, cut them off with a 4" diamond cutting blade; have eye protection and shop vac hose tied off near cut to cut down dust; hold up on very slight angle ...
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Will a 1" thick granite countertop span 22 inches?

The granite should span this without any problems. But there are a lot of variables, including how thick the granite is, as well as what loads might be applied, and whether the granite is truly free ...
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Vanity countertop support for piece over toilet

Most natural stone won't cantilever that far without breaking. Even a synthetic like corian may or may not work. There's probably a narrow ledger (~1x2) supporting the back.
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How can I tell if a remnant of granite matches my counter?

Whether the photos are good, perfect or rubbish, if the pieces are not from the same stone then they will not match. They might be ok if they are not close together ie they are separated on different ...
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