What is the Difference Between 304 Stainless Steel and 301 Stainless Steel

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The short answer to the question in the title of this blog post is 301 is much cheaper. 304 Stainless steel has more Chromium, so it will better match your appliances and more Nickel, which hardens the steel and make the luster last longer. Sinks made with 301 Stainless Steel or lesser grades will not match your appliances out of the box. Some manufacturers put a coating on the sink to mimic the luster of 301. If a coating is applied, it will quickly wear off and become dull and grey. Sinks with a lower  Nickel content will age faster.

Here is a link to a great article with a lot more detail on the differences between 304 Stainless Steel and 301 Stainless Steel.

Stainless Steel Sink Buying Guide

Water Pooling in a Stainless Steel Sink

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Sometimes we get reports of water pooling in a new sink. The most likely cause of this issue is residual oil from the manufacturing process causing surface tension to hold the water in the sink. The “pools” are usually shallow, as shown in the picture below.


The solution is simple. Clean the sink with Bar Keeper’s Friend and a sponge or no scratch scrubbing pad. It might take a few scrubbings and some time, but the pooling will clear up.

Here is an email from the Daren who took the pictures above.

Tom,

I just wanted to follow up with you to let you know that your Bar Keepers Friend idea worked.  I followed the directions to a T and tried not to leave that stuff on for more than a minute. 

Thank you!

After using that powder once a day for 4 days the puddling cleared up. 

The more you know…

Thanks again for taking action, providing guidance, offering cleaning samples and standing behind your product!

Hard to find that kind of good service these days. 

Daren from St. Louis

What is Quartzite?

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Quartzite is a very hard metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. Through a process of high heating and pressurization, sandstone is transformed into Quartzite, an extremely strong and durable natural stone. When heated, individual quartz pieces recrystallize giving it a beautiful and decorative sparkling pattern. Quartzite is ideal for any countertop surface due to its strength and long-lasting composition. Consider quartzite countertops for its strength, beauty, and overall durability.

https://www.msisurfaces.com › quartzite-countertops

Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics. Quartzite is generally harder and denser and the pattern is more like marble which is appealing to many homeowners. Supply and demand have driven the price of quartzite up, so expect to pay a little more and have fewer color options than with granite.

https://usenaturalstone.org › granite-vs-quartzite

 

Cheap Sinks and Garbage Disposals

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I recently met with a customer in Southern Indiana who had begun to order our Cygnet 16 gauge Infinity Sinks after a period of not ordering. I thanked her for her orders and said, “Glad to have you back. Can I ask why you came back to the Infinity sinks after using the less expensive sink you were using?”

“I had three of the cheap sinks,” she said,” where the customers put in new high-power garbage disposals, and the vibration pulled the sink off the underside of the countertop.”

At a trade show in Nashville a few months ago, a gentleman came up to our booth and asked if he could install a garbage disposal in our sinks. We told him that they were all rated for at least 1.5 horsepower disposal and we asked him why he asked. He pointed to a granite fabricator an aisle over and said, “That is my countertop contractor, and he told me I could not install a garbage disposal in the free sink that came with my top.”

Twenty years ago, most garbage disposals were ½ horsepower. Today in 2019, ¾ horsepower is the minimum, and they can be as high as 1 ½ horsepower.

One big box store we visited recently had just sold a pallet of 1 ¼ horsepower disposals.

Another big box store had sinks marked, “Rated for 1/2 horsepower garbage disposals.”

Inexpensive sinks, even those sold as 16 gauge, are often thinner than the 16 gauge Cygnet sinks, which are made from heavier South Korean steel and are welded sinks. For information on why welded sink are better, watch the video here; https://anosales.com/product-knowledge-videos/

Sinks are a small investment when compared to a new countertop, but it seems that many fabricators and consumers choose to install a cheaper sink to save money on their very expensive Granite, Quartz, or other hard-surface countertop project.

Here is a checklist of the minimum that a Consumer should look for in a sink.

  • 304 Stainless Steel so it will match stainless steel appliances, the shine will last and will not age like other grades of steel

  • UPC certification so it meets building code

  • Welded 16 gauge sink that is heavier so it will be quieter and work with heavier garbage disposals.

  • Check for sound pads; the more sound pads, the cheaper the sink. Infinity sinks have a condensation pad on the bottom. Cheap sinks have sound pads on the bottom and the sides made of recycled tires with the odor of rubber.

Difference between Granite and Marble

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Marble and Granite Countertops are very similar, sometimes they are confused even by professionals, but they have important differences.

Granite is generally harder.

Both are natural stones and have the beauty and blemishes associated with natural products.

Both Marble and Granite are porous materials and need to be sealed. Sealers have become better over time and may last as long as a decade or  more. Know the lifespan of the sealer put on your countertop and make sure you reseal as necessary.

Granite requires less maintenance that Marble.

Granite is generally lower in price than marble.

 

Apron Front/Farmhouse Sink FSR3321APF-7 in NEW Cabinets

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The FSR3321APF-7  (Genoa) Apron Front/Farmhouse Sink was designed for use in Existing Cabinets.

However, we are finding that many Kitchen and Bath Designers are using it in NEW CABINETS.

There are several advantages of the FSR3321-7 over FSR3321-10 (Verona) traditional Apron Front/Farmhouse Sink.

All the door fronts line up. you do not have to stoop to reach lower Apron Front doors.

The FSR3321-7 eliminates nearly all of the carpentry Work.

The picture below shows the sink in a new installation.

Why Do I Need a Welded Sink?

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A welded sink is a sink where the sink bowls are individually drawn (pressed) then trimmed and welded together. Picture 1 shows a sink that has been drawn from a square piece of stainless steel. You can see where the steel has been drawn in to form the sides of the sink. The Cygnet Stainless factory then trims the steel and weld two individually drawn bowls into a double bowl sink. This process allows all four sides of the bowl to be of equal thickness.

Picture 1 – Welded Sink

Picture 2 shows a sink where both bowls in a double bowl sink are drawn from a single piece of steel. This process is much cheaper because it is a one-step process instead of four steps. You can see in the picture where the steel is being drawn in on three sides of each bowl. There is no steel available to be drawn into the center rail, so this process requires stretching and stressing the steel in the center rail. This process makes the center rail steel thinner than the rest of the sink. You can hear the difference when you tap on the center rail. That area will sound much tinier than the other sides.

Picture 2 – Double Pressed Sink

Welded sinks are heavier which means they are quieter than double drawn bowls. The Cygnet factory also uses heavier South Korean 16 gauge stainless steel (1.50-millimeter 16 gauge vs. Chinese 16 gauge at 1.35-millimeter.) Many manufacturers make up for the thinner steel by adding sound pads on the bottom and sides of the sink. Almost always, the more sound pads, the cheaper the sink because the manufacturer is trying to make up for the thinner or cheaper steel. The sound pads are made from recycled rubber and can have a distinctive odor.
Cygnet welded sinks have no side pads, and the bottom pad is a foil back pad from the automotive industry that is used to reduce road noise. Over the foil pad, the factory installs an industry exclusive thermal pad to reduce condensation.