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    The geologic history of Southwest Missouri is written in the weathered faces of limestone bluffs that gaze out over deep forested valleys and by the bands of rock strata exposed by nearly every building project in the area. The Ozark Plateau was once the bed of an ancient shallow inland sea. For nearly 35 million years precipitates of calcium carbonate and the ancient calcareous remains of ma...

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    Most of us buy products that come with a warranty and we assume the longer the warranty the better. When it comes to quartz countertops that may or may not be true. It’s critical to understand what your warranty actually covers and what it excludes. Most importantly, you have to remember that the performance of a product has little to do with its warranty. Consider the following. This warranty...

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        Many granite varieties have natural characteristics such as "pits," "fissures" or "water-spots" which can be a source of needless concern.  "Pitting" occurs because of the crystalline composition of granite. As granite was formed and cooled deep beneath the earth's surface small empty pockets developed between the various mineral crystals in the stone. Over time these voi...

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    One of the easiest ways to transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom is to install new countertops or vanity tops on existing cabinets. When buying new countertops most homeowners also want to upgrade their sinks and faucets.  But unless you are replacing an existing sink with one with the same dimensions you'll need to make sure the new sink will fit in your existing cabinet. The in...

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    What happens to the material that is left over after a granite countertop is fabricated and installed? It depends on how much material is left over. After fabrication any full slabs that were set aside for the project but not used are simply returned to inventory. Partial slabs are measured and if they contain 25 square feet or more of material they are labeled as partial slabs and returned to i...

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    If you are thinking about remodeling your home you need to be aware of recent EPA regulations regarding lead based paint. The dangers of lead poisoning are well documented.  Exposure to lead can affect the development of the brain and nervous system in children.  It can lead to reduced IQ and be the underlying cause of behavior problems.  In low levels exposure to lead can lead to...

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    Mirrors enhance the lighting and overall sense of space in any room. They are a practical necessity helping us look our best every day. Whether framed or frameless, beveled or flat they create a virtual window full of light and color. A mirror is generally one of the last design elements installed in bathroom. If the mirror is full sized it is usually positioned in such a way as that it is eit...

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    The following is a true story. "Your estimate looks great and I know your company would do a good job, but your price is just too high. I’ve got another estimate and I think we’re going to use them.” I asked, "How far are we apart?” "About $4,000.00,” he said. I was stunned, "Please don’t get me wrong but that doesn’t make sense. No one can fabricate and install those tops that cheap.” ...

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     Many customers have heard that natural stone countertops are difficult to clean and require constant sealing and resealing. It's just not true.  The Hospitality Institute of American has repeatedly tested and demonstrated even unsealed granite is one of the easiest to clean countertop surfaces available today.   The Marble Institute of America (MIA) observed, "If a homeowner clea...