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  • If you own a dishwasher and are having new countertops installed you will have to reinstall the dishwasher anti-tip clips. Anti-tip hardware keeps the dishwasher from tipping forward when the front door is opened and the dishracks are pulled forward either for loading or unloading. The clips are either attached to the top or the side of the dishwasher. Older and most economy dishwashers are se...

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        A customer recently asked us to install an 8 foot long granite bartop that was 18 inches wide on a 4 ½ inch wide pony wall separating the kitchen and dining room. He wanted a 2 inch overhang on the kitchen side of wall which left nearly 12 inches of granite overhanging the dining side of the wall. He was surprised when we told him he'd have to install a number of 6" corbel...

  • For over 10 years Solid Surface Designs has been at the forefront of integrated digital fabrication. Employing laser templating, water jet cutting and CNC finishing have transformed how granite and quartz countertops are custom made and installed.  Prior to the introduction of digital lasers, templates were assemble using a variety of materials, cardboard, fan fold insulation panels or st...

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    Countertops fabricated from granite and quartz are famous for their beauty and durability.  The ability of natural and man made stone to resist scuffs and scratches comes from on it's mineral composition. In 1812, the German mineralogist, Friedrich Mohs, devised a system to classify the relative hardness of natural minerals. On what we now call the Mohs scale a rating of 1 refers to an ex...

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    The kitchen sink and faucet you choose will be the focal point of your kitchen countertop project. When you are designing new countertops there are two important questions to ask. First, does the sink you want fit the cabinet you have? Second, will the faucet you chose fit your sink? Whether undermounted, top mounted or integrated (solid surface) the sink and attached plumbing will take up mo...

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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...