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Old 02-16-2018, 09:37 AM   #1
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What is Marble Comprised Of?


I know nothing about marble sinks other than they look cool and do the job. To date, I've been under the impression that they were derived from the stone family, but I now think that's a false assumption. Anyways, we were given a very nice hand-me-down marble bathroom sink to use in our remodeling, which is well underway. We found a local woodworker to build a custom vanity for the bathroom. We gave him the sink so he could size up the wood frame around it. His project was going great. Lo and behold, his shop burnt to the ground this week, unfortunately (nobody hurt, but otherwise a complete loss). He's not sure yet if the sink was spared; he's waiting for the insurance adjuster to come look at the scene before he rummages through the rubble. I know there's a thousand reasons to believe the marble sink is trash now (crushed, cracked, scratched, marred, etc.). But those aside, what is marble comprised of? Assuming it luckily was spared from the aforementioned calamities, will it withstand a blazing inferno of heat and flames?
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I'd suspect that real marble would get brittle after a fire. There is also cultured marble, it was popular in the 80s. It is a man made material.
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Real marble is stone, this stone was an old oyster / clam bed, that was dried up, and compressed and heated by Mother nature.


Marble is first limestone until nature morphs it .

It's basically calcium, it is soft, in a stone Mhos scale sense.

I would not get my hopes too high , because if it got heated in the fire, and the fireman used water to douse the fire, the COLD water probably hit the sink and it cracked.

The best that you will get is a new one bought by his Insurance Company.


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Gorg is correct. Real marble is stone. I worked in a NYC office building that was built in the mid 20s. There was marble from Italy, Pakistan, Brazil & maybe a few other countries. For some reason, someone from Astoria Tile & Marble was there one day. He was an expert. He explained to me where each piece originated & how some of them were book matched. That's when a piece is split & opened like a book. Both sides match. So one day, in the early 80s, I went to see the lobby of the Trump Tower. His marble didn't compare. It didn't look bad but it was obviously mass produced, a far cry from the workmanship of the 20s.
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Thanks everybody. Well, I guess it's unclear whether it would be real or faux marble and certainly, I can't get access to it now to investigate. So I will just have to wait it out. And like someone said, my hopes aren't too high. Oh well.
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Looks like the marble sink was completely destroyed in the fire. And in the process, the woodworker was completely irate with me as I tried to reason with him about replacing it, as if this was somehow my fault. Although reluctant, he finally decided to pay me full replacement cost for the sink. So now I'm going to buy a new one and find a new woodworker. Oh well. Lesson learned!
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Sounds like you were dealing with a local artisan or hobbyist (uninsuredJ, not an insured professional woodworker.

The warning about hiring insured contractors also needs to be followed when hiring offsite shops if you are handing over anything of significant value.
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Sounds like you were dealing with a local artisan or hobbyist (uninsuredJ, not an insured professional woodworker.

The warning about hiring insured contractors also needs to be followed when hiring offsite shops if you are handing over anything of significant value.
Ironically, he was insured. But the insurance company tied his hands on how much they'd pay for the sink, which was less than replacement value. And with that constraint, I tried to reason with him to find another concession in the deal so we could both walk away happy. But in his anger over the whole mess, he was completely irrational about it and basically dug his heels in (so to speak) and refused to consider anything. As his volume got louder and harsher on the phone, I finally nixed the deal and got my money back.
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Anyways, we were given a very nice hand-me-down marble bathroom sink to use in our remodeling,
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But the insurance company tied his hands on how much they'd pay for the sink, which was less than replacement value.
WoW,...... yer heartless,.... a Free sink,......
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WoW,...... yer heartless,.... a Free sink,......
Not to start an argument, but It's not the price one pays for something that counts.

It's what it will take to replace the item if it is stolen, or irreparably damaged , like in a fire.

Or the sentimental value one has on something.

Say you loan me your boat, and I return it with a big hole in the prow, and deny running aground, but offer to only pay half of it's replacement value.

Will it still be alright?

Not in my definition of personal responsibility it ain't.

As I said I'm not wanting an argument, but still offering an opinion.


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Not to start an argument, but It's not the price one pays for something that counts.

It's what it will take to replace the item if it is stolen, or irreparably damaged , like in a fire.

Or the sentimental value one has on something.

Say you loan me your boat, and I return it with a big hole in the prow, and deny running aground, but offer to only pay half of it's replacement value.

Will it still be alright?

Not in my definition of personal responsibility it ain't.

As I said I'm not wanting an argument, but still offering an opinion.


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No argument started here! I agree completely. The woodworker had a complete breakdown of personal responsibility, ethics, and customer satisfaction. And I knew he was in a tough spot, so I tried to reason with him and seek some other concessions to fix the deal for both of us. No dice though; he was completely irrational.

And I can tell you love your boat! Cheers!
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