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Cool Things?

by Steve Sheinkopf

A couple of mini posts today...

Have a look at this Viking induction portable burner.

I actually like this unit. Its fast, portable and somewhat reasonable at $529: great ancillary burner.

Now look at this Blanco faucet:

$700-$800 for an LED light in the faucet....Seems like a ton of dough for very little functionality.

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Topics: Induction Cooktops, LED Lighting, Blanco, Faucets

Dishwashers and Blanco Sinks

by Steve Sheinkopf

Congratulations, you bought a quiet dishwasher. So quiet in fact, it is noiseless.

So when does it shut off?

Electrolux and Bosch has solved this eternal riddle with a LED light when the cycle ends.


As of last week, we are selling the Blanco line of sinks. Blancos specialty is larger single sinks, and onsumers seem to be purchasing these sinks instead of doubles. Bigger pots are perhaps the reason, but larger singles seem to be a better utilization of space (in my opinion). Either way, you can now choose Blanco or Franke.



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Topics: Bosch, Dishwashers, Washers, LED Lighting, Electrolux, Sinks, Franke, Blanco

The Kitchen Sink

by Steve Sheinkopf

Haven't bloggedabout sinks in a bit. About 15 years ago, the major trend in sinks was under mounting or placing the sink under the counter without a seam. Although sinks still follow cabinet sizes(25,33,38), the new trend is larger single bowls to accommodate the large dishes.

When buying a sink, check the gauge or amount of nickel in the product. This is usually demarcated by a number, 18 is decent and 16 is the best. Finish and undercoating are also important as well as the depth. Franke, Perrin & Rowe, Shaw and KWC are decent brands available at Yale, but so is Blanco and Elkay, which are not.

Have a look at a few:

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Topics: Sinks, Shaw, Franke, Blanco, Perrin + Rowe, Elk Lighting, KWC

The Kitchen Sink

by Steve Sheinkopf

The kitchen sink should not be such a difficult purchase. A good sink is consider such by the gauge or the amount of nickel in the stainless. A lower number is a better sink. 18 is considered good with 16 gauge being commercial grade. The second feature is finish and undercoating. The finish determines luster and undercoating sound insulation. Franke, Blanco and Elkay are considered the best in this realm.

Now which sink? First, sink sizes are based on cabinet sizes. The most popular sink is a single sink that measures 25 wide by 22 deep as a 25 inch cabinet is the most specified with 24 inches deep as the standard.
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Most sinks sold at Yale are undermount. This type of sink disappears in the counter and is easier to clean without any seams.
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With the basics covered, we can buy them extra deep up to 12 inches, in a double with the food disposer on one side. There seem to be endless combinations as long as it fits into the cabinet
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Topics: Sinks, Franke, Blanco, Elk Lighting

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