Monday, July 9, 2012

Dinner, the Internet and the Kitchen Sink

The other night we were sitting at dinner and my husband was retelling a story that a friend told him at work.

It was about a home repair/upgrade that sounded really nice. I was asking to see a photo of the work when all of a sudden our daughter jumped in and started asking questions.

Now, let me stop for a moment before I retell the story to say this: I didn't find the story to be the most believable, but if someone says they did a fantastic home improvement project, who am I not to believe them? I mean, we pull of some pretty astounding things, and its always interesting to hear other people's stories....

Okay. So.

The guy says it all started with a sink. His wife wanted a new kitchen sink. The worked out a deal and got a great deal on the sink (sweet!).

Then. He got ready to install it and it didn't fit.

Could totally happen to us. Something about measure twice, cut once that I am still not good at.

So, the guy decided to go ahead and get a new counter top.

The story goes like this. He went out in his backyard, dug up a big piece of granite. Cut it. Polished it. And, installed it himself with the help of a relative.

Amazing story? Right? I was impressed.

Big girl thought this was so cool, so we went to YouTube to find a video about granite and counter tops.

I put it something like "making granite counter tops."

While the computer was thinking, I started thinking. Wouldn't that be pretty heavy? I mean really heavy. In your backyard? In North Carolina?

But the guy said it was true. Hubby said he questioned it, so I went with it.

And this is what I found.

At this point, Big Girl was pretty impressed, "He did that in his backyard? I wanna go watch." Hmmmm. It just made me curious, so I went to to learn more. Maybe there was another method that wasn't on YouTube. Here is what we learned: "Granite usually occurs in large deposits, many times referred to as slabs, throughout the world. Mining operations use different methods of cutting to extract the different deposits from the ground in places called quarries. These slabs are then polished, put on trucks and sent to fabricators. The fabricators will then cut the slabs into the appropriate sizes and length for commercial and home use
Since granite needs to be extracted in large pieces, typical methods of large-scale blasting and collection will not work. Instead, large teams of workers with a series of large, specialized equipment and products such as high-capacity extractors, cranes, tamb rock machines, and chemicals. The teams will then slowly dig around the slabs of granite to break them free. Once the slabs have been broken free they are pulled to large trucks capable of carrying heavy loads, or are processed on site depending on the mine. These granite slabs can weight as much as 40 tons."
Then from the mouths of babes - the truth, "Mommy. Its like the TV commercial says, "they can't put anything on the Internet that's not true."

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