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Old 11-22-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
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So we are just about done remodeling. Repainted the whole house (inside and out), stripped off popcorn ceilings, put on crown moldings, tile in bathrooms/showers, etc etc etc...the thing I'm the most proud of is the kitchen and granite. I INSTALLED IT MYSELF
Now I know to some of you that aint ****, but Im not a carpenter or any kind of pro, in fact I know little about home improvement. Asked a buddy that owns a ganite business if I can tag along for a week, help out, and learn. well, this is the end result:




Just wanted to show off my mad granite skills
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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Looks tight, nice job buddy.

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Good work, man - the granite backsplash and the under-mount sink look excellent. I did my own kitchen a couple years ago, and I know how tough the finishing is to get right. Nice job.
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yeah, its a bitch to get the seams straight, and the granite dust from cutting? FAAAACK


thanx guys, I just wanted to show off
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Wow man, great job! I'm going to go ahead and NOT show this thread to my wife, lol.
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Sweet man, I really like the sink.
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I have skills, but no granite skills... that was a sweet *** job! Nice work!

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I like that spice rack..
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aaaaah my kitchen is so fugly. nice work.
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spice rack comes in handy when we make steak
thanx guys
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You do Granite professionally, or are you just that good?
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tagged along with a friend, as mentioned in the original post
He is super cool, and taught me a crapload though. If i had to do another install, I can honestly say Id be able to replicate the quality.. he is a good teacher and everything went smooth. I did not have any professional help, except my dad who doesnt know **** and just helped me lift the heavy *** slabs.

It is 2cm venetian gold with 4cm full bull nose and full back splash that I bought in 2 62 square foot slabs (800 with buddies 40% discount) at the big *** granite outlet. Had it fabricated at US granite (buddy's company) which set me back another 1200, and all the tools and supplies (shims, silicone, caulking, epoxy, etc) my buddy let me use/borrow from his place. Installation free, so complete price was 2 grand, which is less than half of what it would cost normally. I am pretty happy..cutting and polishing (even though it got prefabbed, they still leave a few inches bigger on the backsplashes for "oh ****" moments) was a total BITCH.....granite dust is imo the worst kind of dust there is. **** just stays, doesnt move, just sits there and ******* covers you and gets into every hole of your body

and yes I guess Im that good with granite, which was a shock to me because I suck with paint and all that other **** lol

ps: Im a pharmacy technician
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WOW!! Thats a steal! Wanna come do my kitchen?
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Only if you build me a ms parallel
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Now thats tempting...

It'd cost a fortune to get all that **** here to Kansas though!
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Good job. I like your full height backsplashes. The granite sales guy I used talked me out of full height in favor of 6", saying I should tile instead. I don't know why I listened to that guy. But I did get a SMOKING cash and friend-of-friend deal; if memory serves my kitchen was $1700 installed including the undermount sink. The color I got was a pretty rare, low volume black. It looks baller.
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I need some tile triage. PO didn't seal it well and the wood is swelling and pushing it up around the sink. it sucks *****. and since we're not redoing the whole kitchen now, I dont want to drop a lot on it so I think it'll just be more tile. oh well.

ps pharmacy tech huh? I bet you can count real good and read poorly written latin like a champ!
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is it any faster now?
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Nicely done. Have done a ton of work myself over the years. Every project is a chance to learn something new and buy new tools. Stuff like you did can be fun when you aren't doing it for a living.

One house I did I did all the gravel work myself. installed 1/2 mile of gravel driveway. Borrowed the excavators dump truck, drove to the local gravel pit, load the dump truck yourself with a 3 yard articulated front loader, weigh yourself out, etc. Have used backhoes, trackhoe, ditch witch, and of course about every power tool known to man now.

Wouldn't want to do tile, framing, cabinets, flooring, painting, excavating, roofing, finish trim, septic installs, etc. for a living but it's fun to learn and something to be proud of if you do it well.
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