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Stainless steel sinks should be punched prior to purchase. Choose the sink based on your faucet hole requirements. Drilling holes may dent a stainless steel sink and cause a brown discoloration around the hole due to heat caused by friction.
Granite sinks have predrilled "knock-out" holes in the deck. Instructions for the knocking out the holes are as follows:
Remove the sink from the packaging. Place the sink face down on a flat disposable surface. Use the provided diamond hole saw to drill the faucet hole in the desired location (already pre-scored on the bottom of the sink).
Never attempt to drill the top side of the sinks. Minimal force is required to drill the hole. When the hole saw is through the sink, remove and discard the center of the hole. Please note the diamond hole saw is sharp and will cut into the surface below the sink.
Always use a piece of scrap below the face of the sink when performing this task.
Always use the proper protective equipment including safety glasses and a dust mask.
WARNING: Failure to follow instructions may result in irreparable damage to the sink ledge!
Stainless steel stands up to high hot or cold temperatures, along with sudden temperature changes. That means you can drain hot boiling pasta in your sink, followed with a rinse of ice cold water, without causing any damage to your sink's surface.
If water is left standing anywhere on your stainless steel sink, it will evaporate and leave a film (spots) on the surface of the steel. This film can be removed with regular dish soap and water and a soft cloth. For removing heavier residue, you may use a mild solution of vinegar and water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
Sink tip: Regularly rinse and towel dry your sink after use to keep its surface exposed to oxygen. (Oxygen reacts with chromium in the steel to form a strong, highly protective chrome oxide film on the surface of your sink. It is this film that makes stainless resistant to corrosion and gives it a remarkably long life.)
Stainless steel is a wonderful material that does not rust. However, if given the opportunity, iron particles that do rust will bond to its surface - from metal cooking implements for instance. To remove this surface corrosion, place a small amount of Autosol® on a damp or dry cloth. Rub in the direction of the grain on the bottom or sides of the bowl. You may also use Scotch-Brite® on the bottom or sides of the bowl but NOT on the mirrored surface. If the mirrored finish has dulled, use a metal polish such as Peek® to restore its lustre. Please do not use a silver dip cleaner. Thoroughly rinse and towel dry.
Sink tip: Regularly rinse and towel dry your sink after use to keep its surface exposed to oxygen. (It is the oxygen that reacts with chromium in the steel to form a strong, highly protective chrome oxide film on the surface. It is this film that makes stainless resistant to corrosion and gives it a remarkably long life.)
Kindred believes in having a sink for every style home. For this reason they incorporate color and texture into their line of sinks. Aside from stainless steel, Kindred produces sinks made of Granite in a variety of colors and shapes.
A topmount sink, also known as drop in, has a lip that folds over the countertop and is therefore resting on top of the countertop cutout. This type of sink is a favorite for quick kitchen upgrades due to ease of installation and versatility of placement.
Undermount sinks allow for smooth, uninterrupted surfaces. Fitted underneath the work surface, it gives an edgeless finish that is easy to clean and is perfectly integrated into the kitchen environment. An undermount sink cutout requires installation labor.
Bowl configuration really is a personal preference. If you tend to use a lot of large platters, roasters or pots, a combination bowl sink might be a good choice. An equal sized double bowl is a good wash and rinse model.
Yes. In fact, some stainless steel sinks look bright and shiny at first, but corrode in time. All stainless steel sinks are not equal in quality and material content. Look for the best combination of chromium and nickel for superior corrosion resistance and durability.
The thickness, called "gauge", can be determined by its number. The lower the number, the thicker the steel. Most sinks come in 18 or 20 gauge steel. The 18 gauge is the thicker of the two and more than ample thickness for residential sinks.
Look for a rich, deep, satin-smooth finish rather than a surface gloss. The luster comes from machine and hand-finishing operations, which enable the sink to keep its beauty for years - without cracks, chips, or stains. Many feel that the look actually improves with age, taking on a soft patina glow.
Kindred accessories can help keep your kitchen and prep area clean and organized, adding to the enjoyment of the food preparation. Greater efficiency in your efforts is the result of the custom cutting boards and grids to each unique sink design.
The answer is definitely YES. A properly sized septic tank can easily accommodate the use of a disposer. Septic systems designed to accommodate a dishwasher or clothes washer can also accommodate a disposer. On a daily basis, and on average, a household food waste disposer uses an amount of water equal to one flush of a toilet.