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Dion Kennard lives in the Bahamas. The land of milk and honey sea and surf and humidity. Here's his story: "When we built our house we had a local contractor build our kitchen cabinets and prepare and install our counter tops. They are 1/2" thick Formica sheets in a dark stone color. Unfortunately he polished them Read More »

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Elaine Maxam has a new kitchen remodel going on at her Clermont, FL home. Her new granite top has a crack in it and the installers tried a field repair. Let her tell you the tale: "We hired a company to install kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops after a recent fire. The granite installation has Read More »

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"While you can do many things no matter how the bar will be oriented, I feel it's very important for you to consider who'll be the bartender." Wet Bar Ideas Checklist hot and cold water and a real drain what direction bartender faces the height of working bar and serving bar critical ample storage for Read More »

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Ryan Klak is having a gorgeous granite counter installed in his Cypress, TX home. The trouble is he's spotted a sag in the granite and wonders if it's going to crack. Let him tell you all about it. "I had a 7 1/2 ft x 4 1/2 granite island countertop installed the other day and have Read More »

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Brenda Steele is getting ready to move into a new house in Bentonville, AR. But before the closing, there was a water leak in the kitchen. Here's her story: "We are under contract to buy a new home and are waiting for loan approval. We received a call saying someone left the kitchen sink on and Read More »

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Alice Happel might live in a high-rise condo on East Wacker Drive in Chicago, IL. I only say this because I've stayed in a wonderful one owned by a friend of mine, Dave Wiener, on that street next to the Chicago River. Wowza did it have a great view! Alice, though, has an undermount sink that Read More »

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Tracie lives in Taft, TN. (How's that for alliteration?) She's wondering if she'll have problems with satin finish granite tops. Let her tell you the situation: "I have tried to find an answer to this question online, but cannot. We don't like the look of highly polished granite, but don't want honed because of care Read More »

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Quick Column Summary: How to use wood filler Hard to match the look of wood Filler keeps stain uneven Wood conditioners can help DEAR TIM: I’ve never had great success filling cracks in stained wood surfaces. I’ve tried different wood fillers and the crack looks the same or worse after the repair. When I use Read More »

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Kitchen islands provide great working surfaces. You don't always have to purchase a new island for your kitchen. Classified websites can help you find a used island that you can refinish to match your kitchen cabinetry.

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