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HDB Flat Mystery: What Is Causing The Marble Dropping Sound From Above?

The sound may annoy, frighten or may not even make you bulge. Why are the kids playing marbles in the middle of the night? This vibrates the pipes and creates the clanging sound which sounds like marbles dropping. And when contraction and expansion happens and the mechanism is working, the marble sound is heard.
Kitchen Remodel Tops Which Should You Select? | Duration 7 Minutes 52 Seconds To date, we have not received any feedback on the sound of dropping marbles where there has not been any attributable cause. In a high-rise, high-density living environment, a certain degree of noise is inevitable. But marbles, they produce higher pitch noise which is difficult to transmit to the level below. The sudden change of water flow mixed with soapy bubbles produces air pockets bursting and echoing through the pipes, making it sound like marble balls. A rather large flying beetle (not a cockroach, however) was attempting to fly up to the light itself, bouncing (literally!) off the ceiling and falling down again, sometimes quite far and sometimes less far. I hope it finally solves the mysterious bouncing marbles noises; it’s a flying beetle repeatedly hitting itself off the ceiling in an attempt to get closer to the lightbulb. Our world, where we lived is shared by the supernatural and the natural world, meaning us and them. They don’t know what they are doing are a nuisance to us and hence a little prayer with kemenyan (sage) should do the trick. The three normal things you would here is sound of marbles or box of marbles, chain dragging and furniture dragging. I have been hearing balls dropping, sort of like marbles in the ceiling, and also like a chain from a dogs collar being dropped. I have heard them in 3 different apartments in the last 15 years. Sometimes the unit below also complains about you playing marbles and dragging chairs in the wee morning. But in a supernatural ways, those who believe will knows the reason. Water cannot fill up fast enough, and so get the popping sounds which sounds like marbles. When you go up and try to confront your neighbour the next day, you realise that either they are all elderly folks, or that no children are there at all, or no one is playing marbles. Some speculated that the go li (marble balls) are placed between the floors for the supernaturals to play so they will not disturb the occupants. Because when real marble balls hit the floor and by the time it reaches the level below, it will not be very audible. Because of this, some mechanism (or marbles, not sure are they really in ball shapes or not) were implemented to counter this. Hence, the acoustic properties for flats are no different from other residential buildings. Low frequency sound like foot stomping, hammer hitting or mallet pounding will create a low sounding noise and yes, they can be heard loudly. Could be due to the echo, due to the bouncing of the water inside the pipes and so many more reasons. The sound was identical to that of a marble dropping, including the small after bounce sounds a marble makes. I don’t think anyone else in the flat used to hear it, just me, always above my bedroom. Perhaps there are some kind of marbles in the structure of the building. Perhaps fitting the tap with a gusher might change or reduce that type of pattern. I had left my toilet light on all night with the window open. Sometimes the beetle would bounce so far that it would hit off the ground, stop for a while and eventually exhaust itself… until it regained energy and started all over again with renewed vigour. No further bouncing marble noises were heard tonight! Apparently, not only my family experienced the happenings but the entire units below our level. So pls dont try to rationalise with mechanical explaination. All that is merely said is, “could caused”, “can caused” and “would have caused”. We are told to believe the existence of them and let them live in peace. It will happen a lot in newly completed flats like mine, but once everybody moves in, the sound will go away. In several cases no one lived above me and there were no children or pets in the apartments. I sold my flat 7yrs ago n now hear nothng at my current apmt n can sleep peacefully ! Caused by change in pressure when too many people flush toilet at the same time.

Kitchen by en.wikipedia.org

The main functions of a kitchen are to store, prepare and cook food (and to complete related tasks such as dishwashing). These kitchens are generally larger and equipped with bigger and more heavy-duty equipment than a residential kitchen. In some instances commercial kitchen equipment such as commercial sinks are used in household settings as it offers ease of use for food preparation and high durability. Before the advent of modern pipes, water was brought from an outdoor source such as wells, pumps or springs. In many such homes, a covered but otherwise open patio served as the kitchen. In such houses, there was often a separate small storage room in the back of the kitchen used for storing food and kitchen utensils. The kitchens were divided based on the types of food prepared in them. Besides cooking, the fire also served as a source of heat and light to the single-room building. European medieval kitchens were dark, smoky, and sooty places, whence their name “smoke kitchen”. In wealthy homes, the ground floor was often used as a stable while the kitchen was located on the floor above, like the bedroom and the hall. With the advent of the chimney, the hearth moved from the center of the room to one wall, and the first brick-and-mortar hearths were built. Pots made of iron, bronze, or copper started to replace the pottery used earlier. Using open fire for cooking (and heating) was risky; fires devastating whole cities occurred frequently. The living room was now heated by tiled stoves, operated from the kitchen, which offered the huge advantage of not filling the room with smoke. In the upper classes, cooking and the kitchen were the domain of the servants, and the kitchen was set apart from the living rooms, sometimes even far from the dining room. The smoke rose more or less freely, warming the upstairs rooms and protecting the woodwork from vermin. Separate summer kitchens were also common on large farms in the north; these were used to prepare meals for harvest workers and tasks such as canning during the warm summer months, to keep the heat out of the main house. This stove was much more energy efficient than earlier stoves; it used one fire to heat several pots, which were hung into holes on top of the stove and were thus heated from all sides instead of just from the bottom. Before and after the beginning of the 20th century, kitchens were frequently not equipped with built-in cabinetry, and the lack of storage space in the kitchen became a real problem. Indiana adapted an existing furniture piece, the baker’s cabinet, which had a similar structure of a table top with some cabinets above it (and frequently flour bins beneath) to solve the storage problem. One useful feature was the combination flour-bin/sifter, a tin hopper that could be used without having to remove it from the cabinet. But like the gas stove, the electric stove had a slow start. Whole families lived in small one or two-room apartments in tenement buildings up to six stories high, badly aired and with insufficient lighting. The kitchen in such an apartment was often used as a living and sleeping room, and even as a bathroom. Brick-and-mortar stoves fired with coal remained the norm until well into the second half of the century. In contrast, there were no dramatic changes for the upper classes.

Tips For Buying Granite Coutertops | Duration 4 Minutes 45 Seconds In some houses, water pumps were installed, and some even had kitchen sinks and drains (but no water on tap yet, except for some feudal kitchens in castles). The kitchen floors were tiled; kitchenware was neatly stored in cupboards to protect them from dust and steam. The study or living room was saved for special occasions such as an occasional dinner invitation. Besides a cupboard to store the kitchenware, there were a table and chairs, where the family would dine, and sometimes—if space allowed—even a fauteuil or a couch. Gas was more expensive than coal, though, and thus the new technology was first installed in the wealthier homes. In rural areas, the older technology using coal or wood stoves or even brick-and-mortar open fireplaces remained common throughout. Taylorism was born, and time-motion studies were used to optimize processes. The initial reception was critical: it was so small that only one person could work in it; some storage spaces intended for raw loose food ingredients such as flour were reachable by children. Practical reasons also played a role in this development: just as in the bourgeois homes of the past, one reason for separating the kitchen was to keep the steam and smells of cooking out of the living room. Not much later, the refrigerator was added as a standard item. Unit construction since its introduction has defined the development of the modern kitchen. In cheaper brands, all cabinets are kept a uniform color, normally white, with interchangeable doors and accessories chosen by the customer to give a varied look. The re-integration of the kitchen and the living area went hand in hand with a change in the perception of cooking: increasingly, cooking was seen as a creative and sometimes social act instead of work. Many families also appreciated the trend towards open kitchens, as it made it easier for the parents to supervise the children while cooking and to clean up spills. Very few manufacturers produce home built-in kitchens from stainless-steel. A natural arrangement is a triangle, with the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove at a vertex each. This is not optimal, but often the only solution if space is restricted.

Granite Countertops Installation Tips For The Installation | Duration 11 Minutes 6 Seconds Kitchens with enough space to eat in are sometimes called “eat-in kitchens”. For example, a large restaurant may have a huge walk-in refrigerator and a large commercial dishwasher machine. In developed countries, commercial kitchens are generally subject to public health laws. Homes of the wealthy had the kitchen as a separate room, usually next to a bathroom (so that both rooms could be heated by the kitchen fire), both rooms being accessible from the court. Some had small mobile bronze stoves, on which a fire could be lit for cooking. The “kitchen area” was between the entrance and the fireplace. In place of a chimney, these early buildings had a hole in the roof through which some of the smoke could escape. This type of stove remained in use for centuries to come, with only minor modifications. European medieval cities around the 10th to 12th centuries, the kitchen still used an open fire hearth in the middle of the room. In castles and monasteries, the living and working areas were separated; the kitchen was sometimes moved to a separate building, and thus could not serve anymore to heat the living rooms. Few medieval kitchens survive as they were “notoriously ephemeral structures”. Japanese homes, the kitchen started to become a separate room within the main building at that time. The fire was lit on top of the construction; a vault underneath served to store wood. The temperature was controlled by hanging the pot higher or lower over the fire, or placing it on a trivet or directly on the hot ashes. Freed from smoke and dirt, the living room thus began to serve as an area for social functions and increasingly became a showcase for the owner’s wealth. Poorer homes often did not yet have a separate kitchen; they kept the one-room arrangement where all activities took place, or at the most had the kitchen in the entrance hall. These houses often had no chimney, but only a smoke hood above the fireplace, made of wood and covered wi th clay, used to smoke meat. In the southern states, where the climate and sociological conditions differed from the north, the kitchen was often relegated to an outbuilding. Their working place was separated from the living area of the masters by the social standards, but more importantly, it was a means to reduce the chance of fire in the main house from kitchen operations. Iron stoves, which enclosed the fire completely and were more efficient, appeared. By rearranging the parts and taking advantage of (then) modern metal working, they were able to produce a well-organized, compact cabinet which answered the home cook’s needs for storage and working space. As originally supplied, they were equipped with various racks and other hardware to hold and organize spices and various staples. Out of sheer necessity, cities began planning and building water distribution pipes into homes, and built sewers to deal with the waste water. At the turn of the 20th century, electricity had been mastered well enough to become a commercially viable alternative to gas and slowly started replacing the latter. The new factory working class in the cities was housed under generally poor conditions. Sometimes, they shared apartments with “night sleepers”, unmarried men who paid for a bed at night. Water pipes were laid only towards the end of the 19th century, and then often only with one tap per building or per story. Pots and kitchenware were typically stored on open shelves, and parts of the room could be separated from the rest using simple curtains. The kitchen, located in the basement or the ground floor, continued to be operated by servants. For the servants the kitchen continued to also serve as a sleeping room; they slept either on the floor, or later in narrow spaces above a lowered ceiling, for the new stoves with their smoke outlet no longer required a high ceiling in the kitchen. A large table served as a workbench; there were at least as many chairs as there were servants, for the table in the kitchen also doubled as the eating place for the servants. Living in smaller apartments, the kitchen was the main room—here, the family lived. Because of this, these middle-class kitchens were often more homely than those of the upper class, where the kitchen was a work-only room occupied only by the servants. Where workers’ apartments were equipped with a gas stove, gas distribution would go through a coin meter. Gas and water pipes were first installed in the big cities; small villages were connected only much later. Working class women frequently worked in factories to ensure the family’s survival, as the men’s wages often did not suffice. It was built for two purposes: to optimize kitchen work to reduce cooking time and lower the cost of building decently equipped kitchens. The kitchen once more was seen as a work place that needed to be separated from the living areas. The reform kitchen was a forerunner to the later unit kitchen and fitted kitchen. The units which are held on the wall for storage purposes are termed as “wall units” or “wall cabinets”. In more expensive brands, the cabinets are produced matching the doors’ colors and finishes, for an older more bespoke look. Before that, only a few earlier experiments, typically in newly built upper-middle-class family homes, had open kitchens. The extractor hood made it possible to build open kitchens in apartments, too, where both high ceilings and skylights were not possible. The enhanced status of cooking also made the kitchen a prestige object for showing off one’s wealth or cooking professionalism. Whereas prior to the 1950s most cooking started out with raw ingredients and a meal had to be prepared from scratch, the advent of frozen meals and pre-prepared convenience food changed the cooking habits of many people, who consequently used the kitchen less and less. In particular, the air in a kitchen differs from that of other rooms in that it typically contains grease, smoke and odours. Until the 1950s, steel kitchens were used by architects, but this material was displaced by the cheaper particle board panels sometimes decorated with a steel surface. Beecher even separated the functions of preparing food and cooking it altogether by moving the stove into a compartment adjacent to the kitchen. This is the classical work kitchen and makes efficient use of space. Again, the work triangle is preserved, and there may even be space for an additional table at a third wall, provided it does not intersect the triangle. Additionally, the kitchen island’s counter-top can function as an overflow-surface for serving buffet style meals or sitting down to eat breakfast and snacks. Such areas are called “breakfast areas”, “breakfast nooks” or “breakfast bars” if the space is integrated into a kitchen counter.

Benefits Of An Open Concept Kitchen&Nbsp; by cumberlandkitchen.com

For some of us, that means entertaining friends, while others might use the space for work or school. This means you have to find another spot in your home which is suitable for food preparation and dining. You may want to even consider finding a few small used appliances which will fit in this area. Having a few eco-friendly disposable dishes on-hand can help. Canned goods, dry goods, and frozen foods could be perfect, as are salads and sandwiches. Another idea is to share food with neighbors or friends: see if they would be able to have you for dinner and offer them a dinner date in exchange. Getting away all together can be a great way to relax, even if it’s just for a night or two. That’s why we’re here to help you find the best colors, appliances and products for your own comfort and delight. In fact, an increasing number of houses are being built with smart kitchens from the ground up. Quartz is extremely durable, can last a long time, and is easier to maintain than granite, its main competitor. More homeowners are opting for colors like grey, taupe, creamy or white finishes. Commercial range stoves are being replaced with induction cook-tops with separate single wall ovens. To break up the all-white kitchen, islands can be installed in a variety of different paint colors or wood stain colors. Grey cabinets are versatile for any look or project and work great when paired with natural elements. Dark kitchen cabinets portray full-on elegance and a deep rich luxurious atmosphere and cast the kitchen in a subtle dramatic essence. They include storage solution cabinets and be fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating. Or maybe you’re simply tired of that old worn out linoleum or vinyl flooring, laminate counter, and energy-sucking appliances. And for an extra splash of flare, consider adding a fully functioning island to help with meal prep, seating, and decoration. Or you can just paint the doors and use special effects like glazing or distressing. Alternative materials are also becoming more mainstream, with options such as repurposed barn wood or poured concrete offering a unique twist on an old essential. Consider tile, bamboo or high grade floating wood or pergola options. Buck the mold and consider using bright, deep tones or contrasting bright and dark shades to modernize your kitchen while showing a little personality. A few updated options include sinks that are solid state with the counters, or that emphasize new metals (matte aluminum, stainless steel, or burnished copper). Neutral colors are perfect for matching décor already in the house. The marble will bring a relaxed feeling to your kitchen, which is important as you may spend a lot of time in here making meals. It is important to keep a kitchen looking minimalist so as not to feel overwhelmed or cluttered. These can be used in cabinets or under islands, among other spaces. Kitchen remodeling is the perfect time to tuck those appliances behind closable doors. Being able to tuck everything into vast drawer space will help your kitchen space feel clean. We would love to help you make the perfect timeless selection and answ er any questions you might have about your next kitchen remodel. As such, when planning your kitchen remodel it’s important to keep those factors in mind. While classic white still has its place, adding bold and brighter colors to your space can create a livelier and more energetic atmosphere. On the other end of the spectrum, more subdued color options are also gaining traction, employing pastels like sage green and pink for a soothing look and feel. You can now control your oven from your smartphone, or set your coffee maker to have your morning cup ready right when you wake up. Large, multi-use islands are all the rage, featuring bar seating and creative cabinet and storage solutions. Reclaimed wood is a trendy, more sustainable, and environmentally friendly option that can give an urban rustic vibe, and metals like copper and brass with different patina finishes are also on the rise. Sinks made from marble, granite, or even patina finished copper or brass create an elegant seamless look when paired with matching counters. These trends are also becoming popular in bathroom remodeling. Stainless steel appliances have dominated the market for quite some time, but it looks like that trend is finally on its way out. We’re also starting to see a trend of retro-contemporary airstream style stoves and fridges. Things like the color scheme and stainless steel appliances may come to mind, but we’re asking you to dig deeper. What do you want to be the focal point of your room? You want everything to flow well in your space, so don’t forget to think about how you want your vibe to ebb and flow while you occupy your space. Whether you want to go with a monochromatic palette or a complementary scheme, it’s important to pick one and stick with it. Make sure to have contrast in your space in the forms of dark vs. After you’ve figured out the major point above, then comes the fun part of decor- that’s all you. Not so long ago, homes had distinctive spaces for dining, cooking, and entertaining. Your new kitchen should be created with the utility function you need in mind. You can prepare this area by moving a fridge, coffee maker, crock pot freezer, and microwave. You will also want to consider ahead of time where you’ll do your washing and drying of dishes. And it’s the perfect time to try out a few new restaurants if that fits in your budget. The convenience and automation, as well as a growing selection of options and reduced price points have brought smart kitchen options into the mainstream. For older kitchens, sensors, smart gadgets and other devices can be added to for convenience to the homeowner. There are a wide range of colors as well as realistic stone patterns with an increasing trend toward softer and more neutral colors. Composite sinks made from the same material as the countertop are also increasing in popularity as a way to create a cleaner and more uniform look that flows nicely. Steam ovens which cook food much faster, and retain food nutrients and flavor better than conventional ovens, are trending. White offers a clean look, which is especially beneficial in a space that tends to get cluttered. Rising in popularity are jewel tones: black, navy, emerald green and even plum. However, you have to be careful that it does not overpower the room, making it dark. You can get single plank tiles that resemble actual wide planks of hardwood. The kitchen island is meant to create an impact aesthetically and also be efficient. Whatever your reasons, there are a number of kitchen remodeling ideas that are worth exploring to bring your current setup from drab to fab in no time. You can change your cabinet hardware to something simpler in a matte or brushed metal. While granite is still a hot trend in countertops, other options like stone-like resins and polymers that look like granite are growing in popularity. If you’ve been on the fence about upgrading your kitchen appliances, now might be the time to pull the trigger. This is also a great selection if you plan on ever selling the house. By indulging in an open layout, you are able to interact with family and friends while in the kitchen. They also cut down on energy use and help keep a house cool. A room that was once only used for cooking and function, has morphed into the central meeting place, an area for gathering and socializing as much as it is for cooking. Dark gem-tones like emerald, sapphire, and garnet are also rising in popularity, with unique color schemes and patterns emerging daily. There are even refrigerators that alert you when you’re running low on something, or can tell you which of your eggs need to be eaten first! We’re also seeing more appliances move from the walls to the island areas like ovens, stoves, and even sinks! But other natural counter materials are also starting to come into play as well. Brass and other mixed metals are also a popular choice for faucet fixtures, cabinet handles, and other accents. These bolder choices can add a fun color accent and juxtaposition to an otherwise clean and neutral toned kitchen. With so many gizmos and gadgets to incorporate into your space, it’s hard to find a place to start when envisioning a new kitchen space. A room’s unity and balance are essential, along with contrast to keep the room from appearing washed out. Unless you’re a color wheel pro, breaking color rules is a tricky business that can sometimes end in tears. However, you want to express yourself is the perfect way for you to go. While you might have numerous home projects lined up for you this spring, remodeling your kitchen not only adds value to your home but serious ascetic appeal. Now homeowners are seeking partition-less homes, allowing light, easy flow of rooms and an entertaining oasis. The material you use is up to you and the overall feel you are going for.

LiveLoveDIY: Our Kitchen Makeover: Mistakes and Learning Lessons by livelovediy.com

The kitchen is my favorite place in the house, and the project that gave me the most anxiety. We loved the two guys who did our last set of floors in our old house, so we hired them to do the hardwood floors and tile again. We moved in with my mom while all this was happening. It really gives you a good sense of what you would be getting. So, we moved the sink, moved the dishwasher, and made the peninsula smaller so that you have more room when you walk in the kitchen. I mean, it would have taken 10 minutes to roll that entire wall. It was crappy pink marble and cut into tile, but it was marble, nonetheless. And if you do leave anything on it overnight and it happens to stain, you can fix it. At one point the countertop was installed with about a 2 inch gap between the countertop and the wall. The scratches on the sink and dishwasher were able to be buffed out. Here’s the view from the living room looking into the old kitchen. Our house was completely gutted within a couple weeks and the projects were completed within about 6 weeks, so everything happened really quick and our house felt like a beehive with people darting around everywhere. I loved having these to look at, as it put my vision on paper and helped me narrow things down. That’s probably why this house sat on the market for 4 years before we bought it. We were living at my mom’s house nearby, and we tried to stop by every other evening or so. I could pretty much envision myself rocking back and forth in a corner crying ‘patina’. I want to be able to pour salsa on my countertops and just roll in it, if the mood strikes. I don’t want to constantly stress out over anything in my house. The contractors installed them wrong and had to come back several times to fix it. The below pic was towards the end of the install, where they said it was done, and we later discovered that they left wood shims underneath the countertop. They were in and out in a day, and it was meticulously done.

Amazon: Honey Can Do SHF 01608 Bakers Rack With Kitchen Storage Steel and Wood: and by amazon.com

This steel rack is sturdy enough to hold everything from appliances to pots and pans. There are black, locking plastic caps/sleeves that at first glance appear to work either direction. If you are putting one together and it seems wrong, check the direction of the black plastic caps. They had exceeded my expectations and are very, very durable and stable. I did purchase an extra shelf for each of these being that it only has two shelves. This is a sturdy 2′ wide baker’s shelf unit with a cutting board. Buy yourself some hooks to attach to the frame on the top part of the upright so you can hang stuff on it. It is so tiny that if you stand at the sink, open the dishwasher and oven doors, there is no room to move, let alone get out of the kitchen! The clips take a minute to figure out, as do the indentures on the uprights. Putting it together is simple, comes with instructions that are pictures only. It’s like the machine that makes them (or however they are made) didn’t punch out the indent correctly. The unit is 36 inches wide, 14 inches deep and 61 inches tall. I needed something to go on the open side of the refrigerator without blocking access to the dishwasher. Do make sure that when you assemble it you have all the right pieces going in the right direction. But frankly, it took me 15 minutes from opening the box to putting it into its new home in the kitchen. I think will stay that way), looks great, and was easy to put together. The packaging was okay, there was some dents and small push in’s that most cardboard packages get now and again. So one of my holders under the wooden part is missing a screw, but didn’t effect the over all of it. The shelf is basically cardboard, so when we opened the box, there was a giant crack all along the side, and a few of the pole holders had snapped right off the shelf in transit.

How To Cut Marble by familyhandyman.com

Remember to wear your gloves and eye and ear protection! You can use an ordinary circular saw, equipped with a diamond blade, to wet-cut your marble. Using a hand clamp to hold the hose in place, direct a trickle of water on the front of the diamond blade to cool it. You’ll be surprised how quickly the marble cuts using this low-tech method. Because this will be a messy job and you’ll need your garden hose, you’ll want to work outdoors. Mark your cutting line with a marker on a wide piece of tape. The edge might be a bit rough, but you can smooth them using an orbital sander and slowly working your way from 40 to 400 grit sandpaper.

What Type Of Countertops To Use For Undermount Sinks by homeguides.sfgate.com

An undermount sink gives a more minimalist appearance, increases counter space, makes counter cleaning easier and allows freedom when choosing where your faucet is placed. Once dry, the sink will adhere tightly to the countertop and hold a large amount of weight. Laminate or tile countertops are not well-suited to this type of sink. Disadvantages are that marble chips and scratches easily and requires periodic sealing to avoid stains. An advantage of quartz over marble is that quartz countertops do not require sealing to protect against stains. Like marble, granite requires periodic sealing to protect against stains. Concrete requires staining to protect against both water and heat. His articles have appeared in many online and print publications. Because they are installed underneath the countertop, the sink rim does not show. Epoxy is then placed around the edge of the sink, and the sink is held in place against the countertop by clamps through the drain holes. Marble, quartz, granite and concrete countertops are the best options. An advantage of using marble countertops is that small nicks and scratches can be polished out. If chips develop on edges or corners, a professional will need to be contacted to repair them. This material can be tinted and textured and include decorative stone chips. The quality of concrete countertops may vary according to where they were made. You can see it ripped off the wall in the 3rd pic from the bottom. However, how did you manage to get the builder grade “backsplash” removed? It’s usually glued to the drywall so it will take some effort. We didn’t install it, we picked it out when we built the house. Sorry to say but remove the wallpaper and star with a clean flat and smooth wall. Unfortunately they only sell a 5 gallon tub that must be spray-painted on. Do you have any other ideas for rolling out paint on to the ceiling acoustic tile that is glued in place? It was a ton of hard work, but the end result was worth it! Just a plain wall with the builder grade backsplash lip which we had to rip off. It was extremely messy and time consuming and exhausting though! Make sure you brace the crowbar against where a stud lies behind the drywall because otherwise you will punch a hole through the wall. I am definitely going to use the recommendation of using it to pry the rest of it off the counter. The tile was marble though, so it’s a more expensive tile than ceramic subway tile. The adhesive tore off the cardboard layer of the drywall leaving those gray spots. If you spend many dollar for tile and put it over the wall paper you take a chance that one day it may all come off. We are less interested in the acoustic properties of the tiles but want a fire safe paint.

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