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"How to Remove Laminate Countertops" by Adam123 on February 20, 2011, 3:31 pm, in category General
If you're having new countertops installed, you can often save money on your contractor's bill by removing the old ones yourself.

Removing existing laminate countertops is easy as 1,2,3 and 4.

Step 1.  Turn off the stop valve to your sink and use a wrench to loosen and remove the water supply lines. Use large mouth plumber's pliers to twist the lock not holding the drainpipe in place and remove it as well. Remove the hold down clips to your sink. Typically there will.....

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"Pros & Cons Of Quartz Countertops" by CHGD STAFF on February 19, 2011, 6:41 pm, in category General
Okay, so we just established that quartz counters are really nice. Does that mean that they don't have any warts? Not exactly. Just about any product you choose for your home comes with an upside and a downside. It's all a matter of weighing the highs and lows and how they appeal to you.

So let's take a look:

The Pros....

Non-Porous
Because it's non-porous you don't have to worry about any bacteria, germs and other undesirable vermin setting up home on your counter.....

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"Differences Among Brands & How To Choose?" by CHGD STAFF on February 19, 2011, 6:26 pm, in category General
Differences Among Brands & How To Choose

There are close to a dozen different brands of quartz surfacing so the natural question that arises often involves how and if they're different from one another. In other words, does it matter which brand you choose?

  
  
The short answer to that is "not really." The process used to make quartz surfacing and the materials and machinery used is virtually the same across the various brands. The majority, sav.....

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"Which is cheaper?" by CHGD STAFF on February 19, 2011, 6:22 pm, in category General
Which Is Cheaper - Granite Or Quartz?
This is a question that's commonly asked when homeowners are considering quartz or granite for their next countertop surface.

Generally speaking, quartz is considered more expensive than granite.  This is the short answer to the question.

However, if you want to understand why granite is cheaper (generally speaking), read on.

A more thoughtful answer to this question is as variable as the types of stone and quartz yo.....

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"Quartz" by CHGD STAFF on February 19, 2011, 6:15 pm, in category General
This article will help answer some of the questions you may have about quartz countertop.

What is Quartz?
Quartz is a mineral and one of the most abundant on our planet.  For example, granite is one form of stone that's made up of several minerals, primarily quartz and feldspar.

So when it comes to countertops the quartz variety isn't "solid quartz", but rather, a combination of the quartz mineral and several other additives. Their makeup is about 93% quartz, with.....

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"Black Quartz" by Nancy on December 12, 2010, 6:24 pm, in category General
We have a black quartz countertop and I haven't yet been able to bring myself to cut on it. However, we were told as well to not use alcohol-based cleaners and not to put anything that is extremely hot on it, as it may turn white (because it's a black top). Just a head's up for anyone who has a black quartz countertop.

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"Is granite radioactive?" by Adam123 on December 12, 2010, 6:14 pm, in category General
I want to know "is my granite countertop radioactive?"

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"How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost?" by CHGD STAFF on December 12, 2010, 6:00 pm, in category General
Cost of quartz countertops

Quartz countertops are denser and harder than any other countertop surface. The cost is comparable to higher-end granite countertops. Quartz begins at about 45 a linear foot uninstalled and can run as high as 125 per foot fully installed. By comparison, laminate starts at about 29 a foot installed.

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"Multi-Purpose Kitchen" by CHGD STAFF on December 11, 2010, 1:22 pm, in category General
Today's kitchen is viewed as the activity center of the entire home. It's a place where the whole family lives and interacts, a fun, social space that's usually the most popular room in the house. Multi-level islands are in demand for kitchen these days. A lot of folks like them because they can put to various uses. With granite, you can eat on them, chop on them and work on them. The shiny and hardness of granite has made the gathering around the islands more enjoyable. Kitchens are multi-funct.....

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"FENG SHUI STONE" by CHGD STAFF on December 11, 2010, 12:37 pm, in category General
Designing Your Kitchen the Feng Shui Way

A kitchen serves as the heart of your home. Like the heart of any living being, a healthy heart will take you farther as well as output greater amounts of energy. A kitchen that is in working order invites the family to spend time together, provides a warm atmosphere for the entire house, and serves as the heart and soul of the home.


What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui (pronounced "fung shway") is often called the "Art of Placeme.....

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