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Performance of Laminam Ceramic Compact Surface

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Performance of Laminam Ceramic Compact Surface

Posted on 17 January 2017 by cradmin

While this video, produced by Laminam, starts off looking like a commercial for a restaurant with a chef making pasta and such, it soon becomes apparent it is a demonstration of how the company’s ceramic compact material performs under heavy use conditions. The material is subject to cutting and chopping, oil and acidic materials poured directly on it, liquids that are commonly known to stain, etc. After this, it is simply wiped clean and appears to have no damage.

Laminam is along the lines of Dekton or Neolith compact materials, but it has been said it is “tension free” meaning no relief cuts need be made in it when fabricating.

We’d love to hear your experiences using this product. Post a response to this video below or drop us a line.

You may also be interested in this video showing Dekton’s performance tests.

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A Video Look at Fabricating Compact Surfaces

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A Video Look at Fabricating Compact Surfaces

Posted on 23 December 2016 by cradmin

This video, produced and offered by Neolith by TheSize, takes a relatively deep look at fabricating ultra-compact/compact surfaces. It discusses the types of equipment that can be used, as well as the blades and tooling required. This information includes CNC machining, waterjet cutting and even the use of hand tools, addressing both wet and dry cutting. It also touches on adhesive qualities needed for installation (including interior versus exterior applications).

It also explains the cutting speeds (both feed speeds and RPM for blades) allowed for different types of cuts and equipment. It discusses making relief cuts when necessary. Support systems for use when cutting or performing other tasks are also touched upon, as well as material handling methods.

Other areas examined are finishing, polishing, edging, sink cut-outs and mounting, among other things.

Of course, the video is specifically referencing the Neolith compact surface product, but the information should be in the ball park for other materials, although manufacturer recommendations should certainly be followed in all cases.

You may also be interested in this video on performance testing for Dekton Compact Surfacing.

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A Sad Reminder Why Slab Handling Safety Is Critical

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A Sad Reminder Why Slab Handling Safety Is Critical

Posted on 11 November 2016 by cradmin

This video put forth by the Marble Institute of America (now MIA+BSI) is a sad reminder of just why following the correct slab handling techniques with granite, marble, quartz or other heavy stones is extremely critical to the safety and health of fabricators and countertop fabrication businesses everywhere.

This is just the introduction to a much larger video offered by the association.

You may also be interested in this article on aerial lift safety.

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First Impressions in the Countertop Industry

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First Impressions in the Countertop Industry

Posted on 27 October 2016 by CRadmin3

This video created by Paxton Countertops in Michigan is both amusing and makes a good point about the importance of first impressions, customer service and safety in a countertop business. It shows both the don’ts and do’s for a fabrication business (and many businesses in general) when it comes to customers.

Any employee of any countertop fabrication business could benefit from the reminder issued here (and the humor helps make an impression).

You may also be interested in this article about ensuring customer satisfaction.

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Video: Repairing a Scratch in a Cultured Marble Countertop / Vanity

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Video: Repairing a Scratch in a Cultured Marble Countertop / Vanity

Posted on 23 September 2016 by cradmin

This video shows one process used to repair a cultured marble vanity countertop that has been scratched. There is not a lot of information on whose methodology this is or where it is filmed, but it does walk through the various grit changes to get the scratch out of this top.

Because cultured marble typically only has a thin gel-coat top, and are relatively inexpensive, few spend the kind of time developing techniques to fix the material. However, this method appears to work.

Let us know what you think.

You may also be interested in this video on solid surface repair or this video on granite countertop repair.

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Installation of a Very Large Seamless Copper Countertop

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Installation of a Very Large Seamless Copper Countertop

Posted on 26 August 2016 by cradmin

This video put forward by Mini Mansions Moldings and produced by Evision Media shows the installation of a very large copper countertop. Copper is just one of many different materials that have found a niche in the high end countertop market.

When the video was released several years ago, its creators believed it to be the largest seamless copper countertop ever installed. While we don’t know if that has changed over the years, a larger seamless copper countertop would be difficult to find. While the video doesn’t offer much in the way of details on the fabrication process, it is certainly an interesting view. The countertop is so large it takes more than a half a dozen men to manipulate it and move it into place.

You may also be interested in this video showing how stainless steel countertops are made.

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MIA+BSI Releases Video On Installation Safety

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MIA+BSI Releases Video On Installation Safety

Posted on 25 August 2016 by CRadmin3

mia-bsi-natural-stone-institute-best practices videoMIA+BSI released a new video, Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success. This video is the Institute’s first collection of video modules focusing solely on installation safety. The video highlights the fact that there is a significant difference between shop safety, where the environment is familiar, to being on location, where each setting is different and requires a clear plan of action. Completed as part of the 2016 Safety Initiative set forth by the Institute’s safety committee, eight modules are included in the video, addressing the following topics:

  • Overview of installation safety
  • Identifying safety concerns early in the process
  • Requirements for personal protective equipment
  • Installation case studies
  • Best practices for material loading and unloading
  • Manpower and equipment
  • Large-scale commercial installations
  • Tile-setting best practices

Modules are self-contained and arranged so that they can be watched individually or as part of an overall installation safety program. MIA+BSI Vice President Jon Lancto commented, “This is a great training resource for anyone sending installers into the field. Training our installers to be safe and professional can only enhance the value of our products and help retain great employees.”

Physical DVDs of Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success are available for purchase at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/2016safetyvideo. The video will also be made available free of charge as part of the soon-to-be-launched Natural Stone University.

You may also be interested in this video from MIA that reviews slab clamp safety.

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Embedded LED Light Pattern in Vanity / Countertop

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Embedded LED Light Pattern in Vanity / Countertop

Posted on 26 July 2016 by cradmin

This video put forward by Digital Ambiance shows a unique embedded LED light project, that is atypical of the standard backlighting for several reasons.

First the project was done using wood as the counter material, which isn’t often the subject of a backlighting project.However, the video did state that this type of thing could be done pretty much with any material.

Also, the backlighting wasn’t done in a uniform manner across the surface, as might be seen with onyx or other translucent materials, but rather shapes were routed into the top that were subsequently filled with a translucent opaque resin. Under the various shapes color-changing LED lights were placed.

Overall, while it is doubtful that many would choose this particular style for their home, the effect is just plain cool.

You may also be interested in this article on Lumisplash backlit laminates.

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Video: Repairing an Acrylic Solid Surface Sink

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Video: Repairing an Acrylic Solid Surface Sink

Posted on 04 May 2016 by cradmin

In this video presented by Karran, a sink provider specializing in “seamless” sinks for laminate, solid surface, quartz and granite, repair techniques are shown for solid surface acrylic sinks. While we would never recommend that homeowners or non-professionals do any work on their own sinks or countertops, this video depicts how easily a small problem could be repaired in solid surface.

You may also be interested in this video on granite countertop repair.

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Guitar Urinal Video

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Guitar Urinal Video

Posted on 01 April 2016 by cradmin

Here is a video we feel is in the spirit of today, April 1. Although this video is only vaguely related to countertops, when we here at CountertopResource.com saw it, we knew we just had to share, just for the laughs. Most of you work largely in the kitchen & bath, and there’s no denying the connection to the bathroom in this just plain strange video published by ALMAP BBDO, a South American marketing/advertising company. How someone decided to make the connection between guitar and urinal is beyond me, but here it is in all it’s glory.

There is really not much to say about this video except you have to watch it for yourself and that it may be ever so slightly offensive to some, although it is more funny than prurient…

You may also be interested in this vital video countertop information we shared April 1, 2015.

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