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Video: Working with Porcelain Slabs

Posted on 17 August 2017 by CRadmin3

This video produced by MSI shows how to install gauged porcelain slabs, such as the company’s Stile® slabs, and to create beautiful countertops and edging without lines. Special handling of these porcelain slabs is required, and this short video aims to teach best practices that include preparation, cutting, placement and edge finishing.

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Video: Maintaining Soapstone - Mineral Oil vs. Wax

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Video: Maintaining Soapstone – Mineral Oil vs. Wax

Posted on 28 July 2017 by CRadmin3

For many years, mineral oil has been the standard method for maintaining the dark, rich look of soapstone countertops. However, many companies have moved to recommending special wax formulas. This video produced by Green Mountain Soapstone, explains maintenance using both methods and discusses some of the pros and cons. Of course, the discussion centers around a proprietary wax “enhancer” compound made by the company, but there are a variety of alternate options available.

 

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StoneTalk Episode 36: Scott Edwards and Marty Medina

Posted on 21 July 2017 by CRadmin3

In Episode 36 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley welcomes back Scott Edwards and Marty Medina of Data Bridge Innovations. The trio discuss several topics revolving around software solutions, including the following:

  • Why your primary software system may need a partner system
  • What type of customers use the solutions from Data Bridge Integrations
  • Using Moraware’s JobTracker Software

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 36 – Scott Edwards and Marty Medina

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StoneTalk Episode 35: Jim Hieb

Posted on 27 June 2017 by CRadmin3

In episode 35 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, Jim Hieb of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) speaks with host Patrick Foley on a multitude of subjects, including all of the following:

  • The role of associations in the countertop industry
  • How to comply with new OSHA regulations
  • Why you should create a safe workplace and how
  • The vast training library of MIA+BSI

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 35 – Jim Hieb

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Video: The Basics of Fabricating Recycled Glass Slabs

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Video: The Basics of Fabricating Recycled Glass Slabs

Posted on 08 June 2017 by CRadmin3

This video produced by Vetrazzo shows the basics of fabricating recycled glass slab materials, such as cutting, feed speeds, polishing, overhangs, sink cut-out reinforcement, suitable applications and the effects of temperature change.

While this is certainly just a broad overview, it does explain how fabricating this type of material is similar and different to fabricating other hard surfaces, such as granite.

You may also be interested in this video on fabricating compact surfaces.

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StoneTalk Episode 34: Carmina Mendez

Posted on 23 May 2017 by CRadmin3

In Episode 34 of the StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley interviews Carmina Mendez of AMC Countertops. The two discuss a variety of topics, including the following:

How a partnership with a key vendor can help expand your business.

  • How a partnership with a key vendor (Cosentino) can help grow your business
  • Adding a showroom to expand your  customer base
  • The value of doing TV programs, such as Extreme Home Makeover
  • Balancing residential customers and commercial clients

Read the full transcript of this episode here: Stonetalk Episode 34 – Carmina Mendez

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A Look Into Thermoforming Solid Surface

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A Look Into Thermoforming Solid Surface

Posted on 12 May 2017 by CRadmin3

In this video released by Sterling Surfaces in Massachusetts (a company well-known for its thermoforming capabilities) the process of thermoforming a desk out of LG HI-MACS solid surface is revealed.

For those interested in solid surface thermoforming, this video reveals some interesting insights into the process.

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Stone Talk Episode 33: Kyle Williams

Posted on 24 April 2017 by CRadmin3

Episode 33 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast features Kyle Williams of Earth Elements. Host Patrick Foley discusses several topics with Williams, including all of the following:

  • Growing your business quickly
  • Cross-training employees to increase their value
  • How to nurture company culture and why
  • Balancing luxury and price

Read the full transcript of this episode here: Stonetalk Episode 33 – Kyle Williams

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Bob Vila Visits a Shop Fabricating a Stainless Steel Countertop

Posted on 12 April 2017 by CRadmin3

In this video, well-known DIY carpenter and builder Bob Vila visits Service Plus Sheet Metal in Weymouth, Mass., to observe the fabrication of a stainless steel countertop for the loft kitchen he is remodeling. This particular countertop is fabricated from 14-gauge sheet metal. Although most typical countertop fabricators are not equipped for stainless steel and other metals, the process is interesting and quite profitable in many markets.

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StoneTalk Podcast Episode 32: Gerry VanderBas

Posted on 24 March 2017 by CRadmin3

In this episode of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley speaks with Gerry VanderBas of Breton USA. The two discuss several topics surrounding fabrication hardware, including the following:

  • Factors to consider when purchasing a new saw or router
  • Why software may be just as important as hardware
  • Robotics
  • How mitre cuts and other processes affect hardware purchases

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 32 – Gerry VanderBas

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