What a consumer needs to know when purchasing a stainless steel sink

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  • You need to select your sink carefully because all sinks are different, and if the sink fails, it can only be replaced with a sink from the same manufacturer. You don’t want to replace a bad sink with another bad sink.

  • Make sure you get certified 304 stainless steel, so the sink matches kitchen appliances and the finish lasts longer. Today, many sinks are made of lesser steel, such as 301 or completely unknown 301 stainless has less chromium, so it is not lustrous and has less nickel, so the finish will not last as long. Uncertified sinks can be anything.

  • Sinks with machine finish are more consistent. Hand-finished sinks will have an inconsistent finish, particularly on the top rail.

  • Sound reducing pads are often sold as a benefit but almost always, the more sound pads, the cheaper sink because they make up for thinner or inferior quality steel. A pad on the bottom is all that is required on a quality sink made with quality steel. Most sound pads are made from recycled tires and can have an unpleasant odor in the enclosed space under the sink.

  • The best sinks are individually drawn (pressed) and then welded together. This makes method produces a heavier and quieter sink with less stress and stretch marks.

  • Building codes require sinks to be certified by an independent agency (usually UPC) to meet ASTM 112.19.3. The sink needs to have the manufacturer’s name or logo and the stamp from the certifying agency to be certified. If both are not present, then the sink does not meet the code. Many manufacturers self-certify or just stamp the sink as certified without the actual certification.

  • Who is responsible for the warranty. If the sink does not have the manufacturer’s name or logo, who will handle the warranty? Make sure sink experts are standing behind the sink, not just importers who buy, sell, and then walk away.

How Can a New Faucet Get Plugged?

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The picture below was sent to us by a customer who has installed his new faucet just a few days earlier. He complained about the debris in the faucet. If you look closely, you will see it is construction debris. When he remodeled his kitchen, he disconnected the supply lines from the valves at the wall. The valve opening was pointing up. They installed the supply lines, the valve was full of construction debris, which he did not remove. When they turned the water supply on, the particles were blasted into the faucet plugging the aerator, backcheck valve, and cartridge.

You should always cover supply lines during construction and thoroughly flush the water supply lines before turning on the faucet.

Outdoor Kitchens

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The key to a successful outdoor Kitchen project is using materials that will hold up to the weather in your area.   Granite is nearly always a great choice for countertops. Hard surface products such as brick and stone for the sides are also a good choice for sides of the work surfaces. There are several stainless steel frames for the worksurfaces available on the market. If you use wood framing, make sure you use treated lumber.

Stainless steel sink and solid stainless steel faucets such as the Cygnet Infinity series faucets (not just faucets with a finish) are great choices. Note: all faucets and water lines installed in areas where the outside temperatures fall below freezing should have a drain installed so the lines can be drained in freezing weather to prevent freeze damage.

 

 

Cygnet Stainless Faucet Parts vs. Eclipse Stainless Parts

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Cygnet Stainless faucets are based on the same body styles as the Eclipse faucets which are no longer manufactured. Ano has parts for both the Cygnet Faucets and Eclipse faucets.

While the Cygnet Stainless faucets are based on the same body styles as the Eclipse faucets, ANO arranged for the factory to make a number of upgrades.

Those changes include;

  • Forward Motion only handles to avoid backsplash issues.
  • Swivel hoses on all pull out spray heads that improves functionality and longevity
  • Improved mounting hardware for easier installation

The installation instructions and parts lists were completely redone for clarity and consistency.

Cygnet parts will generally fit in Eclipse faucets but the function may change, for example, the cartridge from the Cygnet faucets are forward motion only.

Below is a list of Eclipse faucets and the nearest equivalent Cygnet faucets.

KPS3029 Shasta                SB-6020 Bristol

KPS3030 Cascade             SB-6040 Lexington cartridge is different

KPS3030M Hampton      SB-6042 Brentwood cartridge is different

KPS3033 Sebastopol       SB6070 Windsor Cartridge is different. Windsor head has flow-to-spray function.

SB-6080 Ashen new model

KPS3034 Poseidon           SB-6060 Hamilton Cartridge is different

KPS3035 Appleton           SB-6050 Richmond

SB-6052 Preston new model not available from Eclipse

KPS3031 Niagara              SB-7020 Bradfield

KP2930 Atlantic                 BR-3020 Wilmont

KP2940 Madison              BR-3040 Carlton

RO-101 RO/Filter faucet new model

SD-10 Soap Dispenser      SD-1001 all faucets except SB-6060

SD-20                                   SD-1002 for SB-6060

 

Line Drawings for Cygnet Stainless Infinity and Decora Stainless Steel Sinks

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Here are the line drawings for the Cygnet Stainless Infinity and Decora Series sinks. The 18 gauge Decora double bowl sinks have the same line drawings as the 16gauge Infinity sinks. The BS-800 Horizon is a 16 gauge sink. All the single bowls, except the BS-800, are 18 gauge.

ANO has learned that big single sinks need to be 16 gauge to handle garbage disposals that are getting larger all the time. 18 gauge large single bowls are noisy and the vibration can damage the sink and plumbing.