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Counters February 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

Repair of small chip on Silestone countertop?

My husband dropped a glass that hit the edge of our Silestone countertop, just on the rim of the under-mount sink. Any recommendation for someone who can repair it for us?

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Counters February 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

seeking local vendor – super white quartzite

anyone recently use this stone for their kitchen project, and found a local (bklyn or boroughs) source?
let me know…tks!

Counters March 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Looking for someone to INSTALL Caesarstone countertops Brooklyn, New York

Looking for reputable installer of Caesarstone countertops for a Brooklyn kitchen. Plans pictured with posting. Any reliable references or bids are welcome.

Counters March 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Butcher block counter top for island? Installer recommendations?

Hi all,
We had a fire in our house about two weeks before Sandy hit; we’ve just moved back in and one of the last things we have to do is find someone to make and install a butcher block counter for the new island we had built. Our contractor (who is being paid by the insurance company) is having trouble with his usual guys, because all the manpower and supplies are being sucked up by Sandy rehab. He’s willing to deal with someone new just to get the job done.
It’s not a big job–the island is only about 24″x42.5″, and we’d need a square edge with a standard 1.5″ overhang. We just need someone to supply and install it.
Anyone have a suggestion?

Counters February 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Free high-quality granite counters

We are changing out the granite counters in our kitchen.  We have two pieces available – one is 45 1/2 inches wide by 26 1/4 deep.  The 2nd is L-shaped, with outer dimensions 63 x 67 inches.  This piece has a sink installed which could also be included.  The granite is 10 years old, top quality, perfect or near perfect condition, black color.  It will take 4 STRONG people to move out the big piece, and it’s located in Park Slope. If interested please email me at

Counters February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm
Counters February 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

Drainboard in Caesarstone countertop?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a vendor who can provide a Caesarstone countertop with a drainboard routed into it?

Counters November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

Cutting Granite for Faucet – Who to call?

We made a mistake and bought a new faucet which is too big for the current hole in the countertop.
Does anyone know of a business/person who can make the hole larger so that we can install the faucet we bought?  

Counters November 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

HOUSE STEAM HEATER : Pilot On, Not Firing

I need of a recommendation – in the Park Slope area – for a “specialist” in older Steam Heating systems.
It’s an older PENNCO Natural Gas furnace which was (of course) working fine last year.
The pilot light is on, however, the thermostat does not appear to control it.  I assume that some wiring may have been messed up in a recent renovation, but I have no way of knowing for sure and I’m not in love with fiddling around with gas and electricity… ha.
Any recommendations/thoughts are welcome.
- Gents

Counters October 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

need someone to make countertop from bowling lanes

We bought some great old bowling lanes and want to convert them into countertops in our new kitchen. Looking for a carpenter or counter specialist who can do this work — it includes one corner.
Any recommendations?

Counters August 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

Granite Recommendation

We just had a granite counter top installed in our kitchen and wanted to share our positive experience.  After looking at various granite suppliers in brooklyn, we were not satisfied with the selection.  We went with All Granite (mentioned on this site).  They have four or five locations and the closest one to us was South Plainfield New Jersey (about 30-40 minutes away).  They had hundreds and hundreds of different slabs of all varieties and next to each slab was a sample to take.  I brought the dimensions and they gave me a quote on the spot, that gave me an estimate for four different grades (they carry about 7 grades).  Their prices were very reasonable (for granite). They pointed the way to the warehouse and let us take as much time and samples that we wanted.  We returned on several days and made our selection.  They came to our home the next day to take a template. Their estimate was within $200 of the estimate (I changed the edging and added a small shelf). Less than a week after the measurements were taken the granite was installed.  It came with a free sink but we opted for a heavier grade and purchased one.  The next day we noticed a couple of very slight imperfections and a rough spot on a small portion of the edging.  After calling and sending them a photo via email they set up a time to come back within two days of installation.  They resolved the issues without any hesitation and made sure we were very happy before they left.  Overall, we would highly recommend them.    

Counters February 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

stone cleaning

does anyone know a good service for cleaning stone counters?

Counters February 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Where to get Custom Marble Bathroom Sink Top

We want to get a marble or stone counter to replace a custom made tile counter that our bathroom sink is set into.  The tile top is fallen apart from water damage.  
We probably need to have the vendor visit our apt to take measurements, so we can be sure that they will cut the exact hole to fit our existing sink bowl.  Any recommendations of where to go?

Counters January 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

need advice on taking care of my new granite

My new kitchen is almost finally done. Yesterday, my new GRANITE countertop was installed. We ended up using a stone called “Dejavu”. As en example of it, you can go here (make sure you click to enlarge it): 

Since having real granite is new to me, I want to make sure that I take care of it correctly. So, I would like to ask a few questions here to get some feedback. The stonemaster of course sealed the stone before leaving.
1) The stonemaster that did the cutting & installation advised me, since we plan to do a lot of cooking at home, to seal the granite twice a year to be on the safer side.
When I asked him for a good quality sealer, he recommended one made by FILA. What are your opinions on this brand and is there an alternative one I should consider?
2) When I asked him besdies “water + soap”, is there any other good way of cleaning the stone – without causing it any damage – I was shocked when he said that I could use Windex. Is this true? Isn’t that a chemical? He swore to me that it would not cause any damage no matter how often I use it.
3) For some simple hand dishwashing (that would not require a machine), we put in a soap dispenser near our sink. We will be using Palmolive “original” hand liquid. Now, if some of that stuff gets on the counter (while being dispenesed), is it dangerous for the counter to let it sit there?
4) If No. 3 is really indeed safe for the granite, then might I then use Palolive as “soap & water” cleaning option?
I really don’t want to become overly fanatic with this new & beautiful granite but at the same time, I really don’t want to damage it out of my own carelessness.
I welcome any & all comments!

Counters January 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

laminate kitchen counter pionite nevamar?

Does anyone know of a kitchen countertop fabricator who has Pionite or Nevamar? I think these offer much nicer patterns than Formica or wilsonart.

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