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havanagranite
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havanagranite

its amazing people will say something is all untrue but not back it up but rather make personal attacks against another:)

Jack
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Jack

It would also be a lot easier if some people would stop changing their handles with every other post.

I realize I'm going to die as I sit in my closed in basement, smoking a cigar, at my granite toped bar next to an open sump well. So every thing is perfectly clear now that junk science is considered the norm and if you say it enough times it must be true.
Jack

Marjorie
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Marjorie

hmph. good ol' solid, trustworthy granite. who knew you could install it and not need a nightlight again...?
(kind of unnerving, actually.... never heard of this problem before).

Ralamack
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Ralamack

You ain't seen nothing, yet. I'm NOT making this up.

The same group that warns you about radon in granite now also says,
"Strangely enough, there is even a terrorist connection with the granite industry. Osama Bin Laudens's family have extensive holdings in the granite industry, a fact that many in the granite industry would prefer to remain unknown. Perhaps it takes someone with connections to keep quarries operational in some of the war torn countries. I know that your average American consumer would prefer to know if their hard earned money might become available to terror groups or those funding road side bombs in Iraq."

You'll find this quote at http://www.solidsurfacealliance.org/ss-better-than-granite6.html

One would think that people engineering a smear campaign could at least leant to spell "bin laden."

djohns
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djohns

This thread started off bad and somehow managed to get worse .

GmanTbone
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GmanTbone
Fred227 wrote:

Has anyone ever heard of dangerous amounts of Radon in some Granite counter tops? I have been in the trades for years and this is new to me. Any unbiased help would be appreciated as I have a lot of Granite in my new home.

Technically Radon in Granite can occur as it has come from ground. Keep in mind that amount would be minuscule and would not present any hazard. It has been used more as a scare tactic by solid surface industry to make one think it is unsafe.

I would be more worried about viewing slabs of material prior to cutting for your job. Granite is natural and color, patterns, thickness do vary. The surface can have differences in texture because of various minerals that form stone. This is natural and must be recognized. See it before you select or you may be unhappy with job if there is a spot you do not like. Best bet is to go somewhere that specializes in stone and avoid "bargain" or prefab items.

With simple care granite will last life times. Avoid traditional household cleaners as they usually can harm mineral in stone or a period of time. Use plain water or something meant for stone. And be sure to seal product to avoid stain.

Carpentershop
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Carpentershop

Well, that bit of info about Bin Laden's family having granite quarries came off two separate stone sites. Surely they wouldn't be spreading the rumor were it false? One one thread, they mentioned the crates being stenciled with the Bin Laden name.

And GmanTbone, please post some links to back your claim that granite emits only harmless amounts of Radon.

In fact, the EPA recently changed their position on granite countertops and Radon from "not to worry" to "homes with granite countertops should be tested for Radon and mitigated if over 4 pCi/L"

BigWalt
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BigWalt

My goodness, what’s with you people. [you know who you are]
The links you provided is nothing but studies.:rolleyes:
99.99999% of them are nothing but media scare tactic. Granite and radon is everywhere and it has been with us for more than 50 years.:eek:

Most of the damages you see on internet or in person are cause by careless installation, lack of knowledge and lousy maintenance.:mad:

Cripes, my mother has granite counter top when I was a kid. Perfectly flawless for many years, that because we [my family] took care of it.:)
When visiting friends or other relative’s home, I’ve seen things that they do on granite floor, laminated floor, granite counter tops or laminated counter tops. They all blame on manufacturing quality. [go figure]:rolleyes:

C’mon people, take your frivolous mind off on granite counter top and pay more attention to radon gas in your basement, cellar or crawl space.

Kev
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Kev

I love this discussion. Not because of the subject, but it really shows how some people buy into an idea and then search for something 'anything' that reinforces that belief.

My sister lives in a solid granite cottage in the south of England. It's been there since the 13th century and there's evidence to show the granite was quarried a lot older than that. Her and the family are as healthy as they come yet there they are, surrounded by 36 inch walls of solid granite, damn place is more like a cave.

My wife received an email today warning of the dangers of granite tops and radon. The sender had 'apparently' ripped out their counter tops the moment they received this information. It seems that people want to believe in this junk science, they want the splenda in their coffee to cause cancer, they want dogs to turn into Cujo, they want the granite tops to be filled with masses of uranium and giving off huge plumes of radon gas.

If you've bought into this then go out and read as many articles from as many sources, biased or not, that you can find. Look for the bias, look for that 'leap of conclusion' that jumps past scientific scepticism. Then think, just think. Your house is built on a base of soil with clay or sandy deposits, sometimes haunted gravesites if poltergeist the movie is to be believed. Under that is the strata of eons. Millions of years of crusty sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous building material, a whole bunch of granite. Under that is the mantle, then the hot sticky toffee stuff.

All that 'stuff' is under your house and you're worrying about some thin slabs of granite, which look terrific by the way.

havanagranite
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havanagranite
Kev wrote:

I love this discussion. Not because of the subject, but it really shows how some people buy into an idea and then search for something 'anything' that reinforces that belief.

My sister lives in a solid granite cottage in the south of England. It's been there since the 13th century and there's evidence to show the granite was quarried a lot older than that. Her and the family are as healthy as they come yet there they are, surrounded by 36 inch walls of solid granite, damn place is more like a cave.

My wife received an email today warning of the dangers of granite tops and radon. The sender had 'apparently' ripped out their counter tops the moment they received this information. It seems that people want to believe in this junk science, they want the splenda in their coffee to cause cancer, they want dogs to turn into Cujo, they want the granite tops to be filled with masses of uranium and giving off huge plumes of radon gas.

If you've bought into this then go out and read as many articles from as many sources, biased or not, that you can find. Look for the bias, look for that 'leap of conclusion' that jumps past scientific scepticism. Then think, just think. Your house is built on a base of soil with clay or sandy deposits, sometimes haunted gravesites if poltergeist the movie is to be believed. Under that is the strata of eons. Millions of years of crusty sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous building material, a whole bunch of granite. Under that is the mantle, then the hot sticky toffee stuff.

All that 'stuff' is under your house and you're worrying about some thin slabs of granite, which look terrific by the way.

and once people get this thought in their head they are too stubborn and to prideful to even consider that they might be wrong. newspapers have to add stuff that they think will grab people's attention and it really doesn't matter if its true because they word it so it doesn't have to be substanciated because they are simply quoting someone else.

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