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    repairing crack in cultured marble?

    So, an alternate title for this thread could be, "WTF have I done and how do I fix it?"

    I'm still working on finishing our basement. Last night I was working on the faucets and drains in the bathroom. We have a 6' long, single piece cultured marble vanity top with two sinks. Each sink has a faucet with 8" spread handles. As I was installing the stem for the faucet, I pulled on the bottom of it to try and straighten it out in the putty underneath it. Well, I guess I pulled a little too hard. SNAP! A nice hairline crack all the way from one handle hole to the other. FOOK!

    I doubt I'd have a leg to stand on if I tried to claim the sink was faulty and that's why it cracked. I'm guessing my options are to either replace the whole thing (~$435 ) or repair the crack.

    Anyone know if it's possible to repair cultured marble? Are there DIY kits to do it? I'm sure there are resurfacing specialists who might be able to do something with it. I wonder if that would cost as much as a whole new piece though?

    Any suggestions?

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    I guess it would depend on how "marbled" or monotone the coloring is. There are definitely repair kits, but the more marbled it is, the more noticeble the repair will be.

    Do you have any specialty tile stores in your area? They should be able to give you some advice...when you buy their repair kit.

    Looking around online will be helpful too.

    Good luck
    the 2nd one...

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    Do you have a picture of it?

    I'd call the place you bought it from. It shouldn't be that brittle should it?
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    Don't have a picture of it yet. It was late last night, I was pissed off, and didn't want to deal with it anymore.

    I am going to call the place I bought it from and see what they say. I don't remember who the manufacturer of it is.

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    Did the crack stay within the one faucet side or did it crack all the way to the other bowl handles.

    If it stayed in one have the company make a small thin plate that can go under both faucets and make them looked raised. Somewhat decrative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaRay31SS
    Did the crack stay within the one faucet side or did it crack all the way to the other bowl handles.

    If it stayed in one have the company make a small thin plate that can go under both faucets and make them looked raised. Somewhat decrative.
    Ya know... that just might be the perfect solution! The crack did stay within the one bowl and I was thinking I could get different faucets which are a 1 piece with the handles 8" on center (not sure if those even exist). But that would be a pain to have to return these faucets and look for new ones. Just getting a plate made, as you suggest, might be the best thing to do. Probably cheaper than having the crack repaired and would probably look better too!

    Thanks! I knew someone here would be able to help think outside the box on this one since I've been too pissed off about it to think straight.

    Thanks again!

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    Update...

    I have to give kudos where due. Robin at Guyers Cabinets & Appliances in Rochester, MN is awesome! If you are in this area and ever need stock cabinets or sinks, etc. go to her.

    I called and explained my predicament. She said she would call the mfr and talk to them. She called back within a 1/2 hour and said the mfr is going to replace the top at no charge, without even seeing the damaged piece first! This is completely unexpected and very appreciated. It will be a pain in my arse to take the old one out and put in a new one, but it will be worth it.

    Props go out to Robin and the Marble Shop (someplace, WI) for gettin' it done!

    Now, let's just hope the follow through is as good as the upfront agreement.

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    cvx: I was going to say that it would take one he!! of a man to pull hard enough to crack cultured marble... You're either as big as a moose and strong as an ox or the marble was defective. Glad you've resolved your problem.

    From here on out, we'll just think of you as "Magilla"!!!
    And, what did you learn today???

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    Thats great to hear!
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    In our business (The Ar-Jay Center, ar-jay.com) we sell a ton of cultured marble tops over the years. There have been very few times that there has been a problem like you are referring to. Basically the top is made from marble dust and a resin, put into molds, and then a gel coat is applied, the tops are very hard, and typically the problems are in the softer gel coat. A crack like this probably appeared because there was a nick in the material in the faucet hole. Anything less than a smoothe hole can result in a crack because all of the energy from any stress at all will all be directed at this little nick. Typically to stop a crack like this, drilling a small hole at the end of the crack will stop it from continuing. Since it goes from hole to hole, this has already been taken care of for you. Before installing the faucets, make sure that you take some 120 grit and make sure that the holes are smooth.

    Before doing this, though, or making a plate that you wil always be looking at, check with the dealer that you purchased it from to see what they would sell you a replacement for.

    I don't know what color the top is, but if you want to go the plate route (which I have done before) we are also a large Corian, Gibralter, and Samsung solid surface fabricator, and if you told me the size that you needed, and we could decide on a color, I would make the plates for you and send them up to Rochester.

    Let me know if I can help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WizKid
    cvx: big as a moose and strong as an ox

    Yeah, that's not me. I'm 5'11" and about 185.

    I did explain to my wife however, "On the next vanity top, I will try not to use my hulk-like strength when installing the faucets." She got a good laugh out of that.

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    36Tango,
    Thanks for the input and offer. I will keep you posted. For now we are going to go with replacing the top. If something doesn't work out with that plan, I'll get a hold of you and see what we can do for cover plates. This is just your typical white swirled cultured marble.

    Thanks again!

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    Can I have the broken one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caincando1
    Can I have the broken one?
    If they don't want it back, it's all your's.

    I'm assuming the mfr will want to inspect it though.


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    edit: It's a somewhat non-standard 19" x 73" vanity top with square, recessed bowls. I'll see if I can dig up a picture from earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvx16
    Quote Originally Posted by Caincando1
    Can I have the broken one?
    If they don't want it back, it's all your's.

    I'm assuming the mfr will want to inspect it though.


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    edit: It's a somewhat non-standard 19" x 73" vanity top with square, recessed bowls. I'll see if I can dig up a picture from earlier.
    I was kidding....sort of... I don't think it will work in current house. But if they don't want it back I'll take it off you hands. I'll find a place for it the new house....if we ever get one...
    Brian

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