Another Rod Repair Method

Another oxidized steel countertop reinforcement rod has expanded and split this front sink rail. The granite is soaking up the rust, creating a black spot on the edge. A previous fill-n-run repair attempt has failed. These customers want a repair worthy of their million-dollar waterfront condo. A Kohler undermount sink with the shortened apron, as

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Why A Faucet Hole Costs $150.00—Part 2

In August of 2014, I wrote about why drilling a faucet hole costs $150.00 and that customers often think that’s too much for such a seemingly simple job. I explained my costs of drilling the hole, the risks involved, and why I must charge enough to cover those and still turn a profit. I just

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Dear Stoners:

Stone fabricators, I’m writing today to let you know how much I appreciate the techniques and materials that you keep using, despite their repeated failures, that keep me busy in the repair business.    Let’s start off easy shall we? Would it kill you to sell a more rounded edge at undermount sink cut-outs? That

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Sink Replacement Timeline

This double bowl stainless steel sink was changed to an apron front single bowl stainless. I arrived at 9:38 a.m., had the sink removed by 9:59, the faucet and air switch gone at 10:08, and the cabinet front tapped off by 10:21. Before you can begin cutting stone, you have to know the dimensions over

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Sabrage

Solid surface is an excellent choice for marine applications. It’s much lighter than stone, its higher tensile strength withstands pounding waves, and unlike most stones, it can be backlit. I recently built and installed this Avonite Ocean Breeze top, a new color in 2016, in the Sabrage, a 63-foot commercial party boat.    Since this

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I’m Being Sued

It’s finally happened. Except for a business dispute with a former “partner” nearly 20 years ago, I haven’t been ordered to appear as a defendant in court until now. I found a business card from the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Server, Ms. Diane Blakely, taped to my front door; she’s coming over tomorrow morning.

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My Latest Spanking

When you’ve been doing something for a long time, and the marketplace has verified that you’re pretty good at it, along comes a job that puts you back in your place. I guess I should be glad to have had everything go wrong on the same job instead of dragging it out over several. I

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MIA Sink Rail Detail Fail

These misaligned and failing front and rear sink rails are an excellent reason why the countertop sink rail design detail in the Marble Institute of America’s Dimension Stone Design Manual should be carefully scrutinized. These seams have failed because the right side of the sink top has sunk by about ¼”. While failure is never

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Stretching Staron

A general contractor called me after breaking this ½” x 5” x 10’ solid surface sliding door threshold. I had to have the concierge let me into the elevator to get to this 9th floor gulf front residence where I was met by the homeowner and her interior designer. They made it clear that any

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My First Liability Claim

After paying liability insurance premiums for over twenty years, I’ve finally had a claim filed against me. I’ve done undermount sink reattachments at least 50 times over the last 8 years without incident and this was a typical job. The original installer smeared polyester on stone scraps then bridged the sink flange and stone bottom

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