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Removing faucet from kitchen

No, you don't need to remove the sink to remove the faucet. Follow this sequence of steps: Turn off both the Hot & Cold shutoff valves leading to the sink Unscrew the flexible braided hoses from ...
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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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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

Nearly all the reasons you proposed for leaving them free are rare occurrences. (I'm not sure what "doing the stove" means. Cleaning?) On those occurrences it's fairly easy to pull a few 3" screws and ...
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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

That is just fine. The only possible downside is that if you decide to re-arrange the kitchen in the future and the area will become "uncovered", you will have to deal with it at that point. ...
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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

There are arguments for not having the flooring under the cabinets at all (if it's "floating" flooring, the cabinets on top "pin" that part of the flooring to the floor so it does ...
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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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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

How about not screwing up your countertop seams, by moving? How about not collapsing sideways due to weight of porcelain + iron sink and granite counter? (I live in earthquake country...) How about ...
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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

Things may be different outside the UK, but I've never found the "top coat" flooring to go all the way to wall under cabinets. The cabinets generally have extendible legs so you can get the ...
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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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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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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

In the UK at least your cabinets will all be screwed into the underside of your kitchen worktop (except stone worktops which will be glued down with silicone), and also all screwed to each other, so ...
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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

I did a similar job with tiles, but stopped the tiles at the base of the cabinet. Rationale for this decision was that if a tile near the cabinet cracked or otherwise became damaged, it was easier to ...
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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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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

We do not install hardwood in kitchen under cabinets on the plumbing/gas wall. Your last row should sit about 1/4" from cabinets - you may need to rip these planks. I am a little perplexed at ...
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Why are kitchen base cabinets usually screwed to the wall?

Interesting question and comments. A few things strike me. First, a lot depends on the type of cabinets. Framed vs. frameless in particular. Both types have their merits, and I am not going to get ...
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Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets?

Having never installed a floating floor before, take this with a grain of salt... However, I think you'd be OK leaving it like that. The majority of the cabinet's weight will be sitting on the new ...
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Can I caulk the corner between stone countertop and stone backsplash?

Some general input here as I install granite counters weekly. No way the granite is bound to each other trim piece probably has silicone (I hope) binding it to the wall you don't have to have ...
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How to slightly enlarge a worktop hole for replacement kitchen sink

If there is adequate room at the rear of the sink, or if you worry less about centering and just do the sides and the front, a router will do the job nicely. A laminate trimmer may be a better choice ...
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How to take care of a butcher block countertop

There are likely many ways to get this done. This is how I would do it. It looks like solid wood. The black marks to me look more like dirt trapped in cuts and abrasions gathered over time. So, on ...
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Why does this kitchen receptacle located on the far side, away from the sink, need to be GFCI?

(Is that outlet in the kitchen, or is it in the dining area? If it's in the dining area, it might not need GFCI.) The reasoning I'd give is that kitchen outlets are much more likely to be dealing ...
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How do I support a granite countertop over a dishwasher?

The dishwasher gap needs no special support. But it usually requires a brace to attach the dishwasher's tabs to, which is then covered by a trim. Install the lower cabinets, sink cabinet(s), 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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How can I deal with non square walls when installing a countertop with backsplash?

If you are installing a tile backsplash, just sort the issue out on the tile substrate. Depending where you want the tile surface, either overlay backerboard and shim to correct the gaps, or rip out ...
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Wiring requirement for small kitchen

Looking at the actual code... National Electrical Code 2014 Chapter 2 Wiring and Protection Article 210 Branch Circuits 210.11 Branch Circuits Required. (C) Dwelling Units. (1) Small-Appliance Branch ...
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How noticeable should the seam be on a quartz counter install?

I wouldn't sign the form if you were told that you wouldn't be able to notice the seams. As Jack says, they are in horrible locations. But the #1 thing I am thinking about is I have had granite and ...
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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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Need to fix tile that has fallen off

I would recommend heavy duty constructive adhesive followed by grout colored caulk that best matche the grout around the tiles https://www.google.com/search?q=grout+colored+caulk to minimize cost and ...
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Are wooden kitchen counters meant to be shaved (with a planer) to continue looking tidy?

No no no on the planer. Unless you can totally remove the top and send it through an industrial planer that can do it all at once, a planer is a terrible idea. It will just be full of ridges, you ...
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What's the Actual Code for Receptacles Below Counters in Peninsulas

Answer based on the NEC in the US: Can I install a receptacle a few inches in on the half-height wall (so that it's still under the counter, but not a full 12" in)? Yes, that's almost right. As ...
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