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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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Moving Faucet Hole in Granite Countertop?

Yes, drilling a new hole is possible, just a matter of using the correct tools, or in your case hiring a contractor who knows how and has the correct tools. For a faucet hole that's usually a diamond ...
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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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How do I remove a dishwasher that is screwed to a granite countertop?

Unscrew the screws, using a screwdriver. There's no reason to think doing that will damage the granite. Almost certainly, the screws have been driven into plastic or lead inserts that are placed into ...
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Looking for advice repairing granite stair tiles

Jack gave a great answer and I've upvoted it, but I'd rather see you use a polyurethane construction adhesive, which is made for a job like this, instead of a silicone caulk. I've seen silicone caulk ...
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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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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 can I reduce the cutout in a granite counter top to support a smaller appliance?

I wouldn't use wood, but steel angles or granite strips. The granite strips would be better, due to the different thermal expansion coefficient of steel. An suitable 2-component glue should be enough ...
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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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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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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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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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Looking for advice repairing granite stair tiles

That would be one of the places I would use silicone caulk, a full bed of it after the excess roughness from the old bond is cleaned up. This should or could be done with a right angle grinder with a ...
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Granite countertop with 1" shims

Countertops are designed to have more consistent support than just a few contact points like in the photo you posted. The amount of shimming done there is pretty concerning and should be addressed ...
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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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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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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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Cooktop installation on Granite

There are two issues. Granite is not that strong as we discovered by sitting on the kitchen benchtop. So you are relying on the strength of the lips on cooktop and the strength of edge of the ...
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How can I reduce the cutout in a granite counter top to support a smaller appliance?

I think I would use some 1"x1/2" metal bars (stainless or aluminum) on the sides of the cutout, and 1"x1/8" bars on the front and back. Glue them (epoxy?) to the sides of the ...
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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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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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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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