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  1. I would like to know if granite is a delicate stone that can be chipped easily? Q. I would like to know if granite is a delicate stone that can be chipped easily? A. Granite is not delicate. In fact it is one of the hardest minerals. However, it is hard and made up of several minerals that are by nature glued together. Bec... Read More
  2. Stone Myths Stone Myths By Frederick M. Hueston www.stoneforensics.com Over the past 20years I have heard many stories about the reasons stone will fail, turn color, fade or what ever. Many of these stories are funny and almost all of them are just plain fals... Read More
  3. Cracked granite countertop Q. I had granite countertops installed about five months ago. Yesterday, I noticed the granite had cracked all the way through on both sides of the undermounted sink. What caused this - was it improperly installed? A. Cracks of this nature can b... Read More
  4. granite crack vs vein in granite countertops Q. i just had granite countertops installed and after they left noticed what appears to be a crack running diagonally the full length and edge. you can see and feel it yet it is not so open as to see light. the contractor says it is a vein. how can i... Read More
  5. How do we remove one travertine tile from the floor? Q. We just tiled our bathroom with travertine. I was cleaning the stone and getting ready to seal it when I noticed a crack in the doorway where the stone is. It runs from the corner by the door diagonally clear across the whole stone. It has not bee... Read More
  6. Minimize Earthquake-Related Natural Stone Cracking Q. We live in San Francisco and are refurbishing our town house. We would like to use marble on our kitchen floor, but are concerned it may crack during an earthquake. Is there any way to install it that would minimize the cracking? A.&nbs... Read More
  7. Concerns About Tile Weight and Floor Collapse Q. How do I know if my 2nd floor bathroom floor is strong enough to handle the weight of tile? There is vinyl on the floor now, obviously tile will add a lot of weight and I don’t know how to check this out. A. Thank you for sharing your... Read More
  8. Crack In Newly Installed Quartzite Island Top Q. Hi, the very first time I set a cutting board on the 6" hang over on my new sun gold quartzite island top, I noticed a crack 3 hours later. The crack extends 10" into the island top and also straight through the seperate 2 1/2" beveled edge. This ... Read More