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Preview of ASST Virtual Shop Tour Taking Place Jan. 13

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Preview of ASST Virtual Shop Tour Taking Place Jan. 13

Posted on 30 December 2020 by cradmin

In response to the inability to safely travel and hold in-person meetings, ISFA has been having monthly virtual shop tours, and recently announced it will feature world-class fabricator ASST at 1pm EST on January 13, 2021.

ISFA released a teaser video showing the high-end work performed by ASST, based in Pa., which is well worth a watch.

For more information, visit the ISFA website, where additional details and a link to participate in the event are available.

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Video: Sanding Solid Surface to a Matte Finish

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Video: Sanding Solid Surface to a Matte Finish

Posted on 24 April 2019 by cradmin

This video showing how to sand/polish solid surface countertops, put out by The Fabricator Network, walks the viewer through the process of properly finishing solid surface to a matte finish. According to the video creator, the process specifically follows the fabrication manual procedures laid out by Staron Solid Surface.

It explains the sanding techniques, including the tools, equipment and consumables needed, and offers specific steps.

The video goes on to show how to buff the surface with Scotch-Brite, once again showing the materials needed and the complete process.

You may also be interested in this video about thermoforming solid surface.

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Several Reports of Silicosis in Texas Countertop Shop

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Several Reports of Silicosis in Texas Countertop Shop

Posted on 18 March 2019 by cradmin

In March 2019, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received a report of an apparent cluster of multiple cases of silicosis among workers associated with occupational silica dust exposures that occurred during the manufacture, finishing and installation of stone countertops. DSHS is currently investigating these cases. There are no reported silica exposures to consumers from countertops in their homes.

Silicosis is an incurable, disabling, and often-fatal lung disease caused by inhalation of very fine particles of crystalline silica dust over a long period of time, which primarily occurs in workplace settings.

Occupational silicosis among workers in the engineered stone countertop industry is a rising concern in the world. The first case associated with engineered stone countertop fabrication in the United States was reported in Texas in 2014. Workers may be repeatedly exposed to dangerous levels of respirable silica dust when grinding, cutting, routing, drilling, or polishing engineered stone, granite and other stone materials containing crystalline silica during the fabrication process.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 µg/m3, averaged over an 8-hour work day, for respirable crystalline silica exposure among workers in fabrication shops and other construction job sites (5,6).

To prevent occupational exposure to silica dust, guidelines require the following:

For employers:

  • Conduct air monitoring to identify the amount of silica dust workers are exposed to, and continue to monitor air levels to make sure the exposure level is below the PEL.
  • When possible, eliminate job tasks that can expose workers to silica dust above the PEL.
  • Reduce exposure by using dust control methods or engineering controls such as wet methods for cutting or grinding, local exhaust ventilation, wet sweeping, or high efficiency particulate (HEPA)-filtered vacuuming.
  • Use administrative controls and safe work practices such as a written exposure control plan and a designated competent person to implement it, and limit access to areas with exposure above the PEL.
  • Provide workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as respirators and washable clothing when exposure control does not sufficiently reduce the amount of airborne silica dust.
  • Train all employees at the worksite on the health effects of silica exposure, workplace tasks that can expose them to silica dust, and how to control or prevent exposures.
  • Offer medical screenings to all who may be exposed to silica dust as per OSHA standards (5,6). Keep records of workers’ exposure to silica and medical screening results.

For workers:

  • Participate in trainings on silica exposure control and prevention including use of PPE.
  • Follow procedures and protocols to safely work around silica and reduce or prevent exposures.
  • Report any possible silica exposure to the employer, supervisor, or health care provider.

More information about crystalline silica in the countertop industry can be found at OSHA’s website.

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Video: Space Saving Under Countertop Cabinet Idea

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Video: Space Saving Under Countertop Cabinet Idea

Posted on 10 January 2019 by cradmin

According to various reports, kitchens (and living spaces in general) in many cases are becoming smaller. Whether this has to do with real estate pricing, the green movement, the aging population or many other reasons, it is a trend that has been much written about over the past few years. A simple internet search  will return numerous results about the trend. Regardless of why, it has led to many space saving ideas for storage.

Because cabinets and countertops go hand-in-hand, many fabricators may be affected by the trend. So, that makes upselling all that much more important, whether it is a unique, perhaps coved, backsplash, distinctive edge treatment or high-end sink. Also because of the close tie to each other, many fabricators offer cabinetry (whether pre-fabricated or custom cabinets) that they either make/install or subcontract out. We have seen companies offering plumbing services, flooring, repair, stone sealing and many other value-added products and services.

This video, posted by Incredible Woodworking, shows a space-saving storage idea for under countertop cabinetry that could be a good upsell. Obviously, this is just one of many ideas and every dollar you are able to add to a sale is more profitable because it can be installed without an additional site visit.

Please feel free to share your upsell ideas with us and others in the industry in the comments here or you  can always email us at [email protected].

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Federal Brace Announces Return of Stainless Steel Island Countertops

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Federal Brace Announces Return of Stainless Steel Island Countertops

Posted on 16 November 2018 by cradmin

Federal Brace announced the return of Stainless Steel Island Countertops to its product line. Federal Brace customers can now quickly achieve the chef’s kitchen look with this beautiful, sleek, & outstanding quality prep surface in the standard island size of 50” x 26” x 1.5”. Custom Stainless Steel Countertop sizes are also now available.

Once primarily found only in restaurants & commercial kitchens, stainless steel is rapidly gaining popularity in residential applications for homeowners who have similar (albeit on a smaller-scale) needs: a durable, stain-resistant, non-porous, & heat-tolerant surface – with a contemporary, modern flair.

There is no need to fear food coloring, oils, beets, acids, wine or grape juice any longer. Stainless steel is the perfect surface for households with young children (or those young at heart). When accidents happen, put worries aside because clean up is fast & easy.

You may also be interested in this video about fabricating a stainless steel countertop

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Video: Fitting a Tight Alcove Countertop

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Video: Fitting a Tight Alcove Countertop

Posted on 25 October 2018 by cradmin

This 20 minute video, made by Freebird Interiors, a specialist in fitted alcove cabinets, chunky floating shelves, wardrobes and display shelving units out of Sheffield, UK, was originally made to show installers how to fit a countertop into an alcove, but the company was kind enough to share it publicly.

It shows the company’s full process of marking/scribing, cutting to shape, checking and fitting an alcove cupboard countertop on an actual installation for one of it’s customers. While the material used is laminate, this process could likely be used for other materials, such as solid surface, that can be easily cut on the job site.

You  may also be interested in this video showing a very large seamless countertop install.

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Video: Interesting Rope Edge Design on Granite Countertop

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Video: Interesting Rope Edge Design on Granite Countertop

Posted on 20 September 2018 by cradmin

This video from Custom Edge Denver, shows a hand-crafted custom rope edge on a granite countertop. While we would have liked to see the craftsman wearing his safety glasses, his work is obviously well-practiced. Offering unique or different edge profiles has always been a great way to give customers an opportunity to differentiate their countertops, and also a good opportunity for an upsell.

You may also be interested in this video about other amazing and unique countertop projects.

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Video: Handy Trick to Make Cooktop Cut-Out Cleanup Easy

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Video: Handy Trick to Make Cooktop Cut-Out Cleanup Easy

Posted on 27 August 2018 by cradmin

This video, which is put together by cooktopbag.com, features a handy trick to make clean up of countertop cooktop cut-outs easy. By using a bag sized properly for the cooktop cut-out (along with point-of-source dust collection) helps keep debris from spreading to the jobsite. Watching the video makes one think it could easily be used on just about any countertop surface – granite or other stone, quartz, solid surface or just about everything that may need to be cut in place.

While the company makes these bags specifically designed for this use to certain sizes, one could suppose that other heavy-duty bags could serve the same purpose, although that is for you to decide.

You may also be interested in this video on Panasonic’s idea of the cooktop of the future.

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Video Custom Glass High Bar with Recycled Glass Countertop

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Video Custom Glass High Bar with Recycled Glass Countertop

Posted on 19 July 2018 by cradmin

This video shared by Jeff Downing shows a unique glass countertop high bar located in Bradention Beach, Fla. The 126-in.-long high bar uses two custom supports and features a swirls reminiscent of pools of water and uses LED lighting to accentuate the features. It sits above a countertop made of varying shades of blue recycled glass, which fits well with the custom glass motif and color. It seems particularly suitable for a home in such a oceanic location as Bradenton Beach.

 

You may also be interested in this video about fabricating recycled glass countertops.

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Video: How Dekton Compact Surface Is Made

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Video: How Dekton Compact Surface Is Made

Posted on 28 June 2018 by cradmin

Dekton by Cosentino and other compact surfaces are becoming more popular since they hit the market and the category is predicted to continue to grow. While there is a learning curve to fabricating the material, it is growing in demand. But, just how is this product made?

This video produced by Cosentino explains how Dekton is made. While it is a little salesy, it does provide some insight into the manufacturing process.

You may also be interested in this video on how cultured marble sinks are made.

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