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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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. Ther... Read More
  5. 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. Beca... Read More
  6. 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
  7. What To Do About Cracking, Peeling Marble Coating Q. The resin coating of our Knoll Saarinen marble top table has been cracking and peeling for the past year. We don't know what to do. Any advice? A. Some manufacturers use resins to create a topical polish, which look amazing... at firs... Read More
  8. Membrane for cracked tile replacement? Q: Hello, I have a problem with a few cracked ceramic tiles in an entryway. The tiles have cracked due to cracks (mostly hairline) in the concrete foundation. I have heard of some kind of membrane material that can be used when such cracked tiles are... Read More
  9. Remove faux finish - quote Q: Hi all, I would like to get a quote to fix a coffee table, pure travertine. The coffee table has a lot of scraches and cracks. The size of the travertine is 145cm length and 75cm width and 45mm thick. Please let me know how much it would cost to r... Read More
  10. tumbled crema marfil floor etched Q: Hi, I have a tumbled crema marfil kitchen floor. It is 5 years old. It appears to hold the dirt in cracks that appear to have increased over time. When I have the floor steamed cleaned it looks really great but months later it becomes so... Read More
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