Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas

Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas on Houzz

  1. Custom Pantries
  2. Corner Drawers
  3. Utensil Drawer
  4. Undersink drawer
  5. Pullout trash can
  6. Cookie sheet drawer
  7. Appliance garage
  8. Deep cabinet organizer
  9. Rolling cabinet or cart
  10. Spice storage
  11. Kitchen mail station
  12. Dish drawer
  13. Pet bowls
  14. Open shelves
  15. Pull our shelves

Source: The 15 Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas on Houzz

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Questions on Your Kitchen You Didn’t Know You’d Ask

Unless you remodel on a regular basis there are a few questions you need to ask. You nee to know what questions to ask. Here are some tips.

  1. What codes do I need to be aware of in my community and do I need a permit?
  2. How should the cabinet drawers and drawers open?
  3. What edge should I use on my countertop?
  4. What finish do I want on my appliances and fixtures?
  5. What style sink should you use?
  6. What finish should I use on the countertops; polished, honed, leather look?
  7.  What material do I want on the toe kicks?

These may not be the most unimportant questions but they ones that are often overlooked.

Source: Your New Kitchen: 7 Tricky Questions You Didn’t Know You’d Ask

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Fixing and Cleaning a Stained Stainless Steel Sink

I received a call recently that a year old Eclipse sink was dull and stained. The customer sent me these pictures and asked me how to “fix’ this stained sink.

The consumer told me she was using one of the “bubbling cleaning” products. The instructions on the can said they could be used on a number of surfaces including stainless steel. I do not know if that cleaner caused the issue, but the sink was obviously dull and had a definite brown hue. In short, it looked like an aging, poor quality sink. When she sent me the picture, I called and discussed the issue. Based on the conversation the user was so scared of damaging the sink she had used liquid cleaners only.

In many past articles on this blog, I have recommended Bar Keepers Friend and a plastic scrubbing pad like a Scotch Brite pad.

Below are the after pictures. It is the same sink as the on in the pictures above. Eclipse sinks are made to be used and cleaned.

 

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10 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

Ten common Kitchen Design Mistakes

  1. Not enough storage
  2. Bad Layout and workflow
  3. Insufficient counter space where needed
  4. Bad traffic flow
  5. Bad cabinet spacing
  6. Poor ventilation
  7. Inadequate trash and recycling space
  8. Insufficient task lighting
  9. Poorly planned outlets and switches
  10. Irreversible trend-led design choices

Below is the source article for this list.

Source: How to Avoid the 10 Most Common Kitchen Design Dilemmas | Fox News

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Granites for Gorgeous Kitchen Countertops

There are as many opinions on using granite in the design of your new kitchen. The article listed below shows how to use incorporate five different granite colors into kitchen designs.

 

See granite types from white to black in action, and learn which cabinet finishes and fixture materials pair best with each

Source: 5 Favorite Granites for Gorgeous Kitchen Countertops

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Outrageous Fire Pits

Previously in this blog, we showed fire pits made from salvaged granite and stone materials. Here is an article on some more exotic fire pits.

Stock up on those marshmallows.

Source: 9 outrageous fire pits you need in your backyard | Fox News

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How to Correct Low Pressure on a Faucet

Sometimes a faucet will lose pressure over time. Several things can cause this condition.

If you have hard water, the internal parts can build up minerals. Even if you have a water softener, this can occur because most water softener systems are only installed on the hot water line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there are minerals built up on the faucet they can often be removed by soaking the parts with the mineral build-up in white vinegar over night.

On Eclipse faucets the most likely place for minerals to build up is on the head; the switch where you change the flow on the faucet, the openings in the head particularly smaller openings used in the flow mode, and the back check valve.

On the older model Eclipse faucets, you can increase the effectiveness of the white vinegar soak by removing the button over the switch. See video below.

Minerals and other debris can also catch in the back check valve. The valve is the smallest opening so it is often the first to get clogged. Here is a video that shows how to remove and clean the back check valve in the head of an Eclipse Faucet.

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New Faucet from ANO – The Springfield

ANO introduces the new Freendo Springfield faucet. The faucet is available in three finishes; chrome, brushed nickel, and oil rubbed bronze.

Chrome – 5883C

Brushed Nickel – 5884BN

Oil Rubbed Bronze – 5885ORB

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Cure for a Loose Faucet

If your faucet has come loose from the countertop is can be because it has not been installed correctly. The faucet not only needs to be tightened to the countertop with the nut but also the two screws on the fastening gasket need to be tightened to put back pressure on the plate to lock in the faucet.  Below is a diagram of the faucet and a video on how to make sure your faucet is tight to the countertop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to install the Eclipse KPS3030 Cascade and KPS3030M Hampton

I often get asked for the installation brochure on our faucets. This is the brochure for the KPS3030M. The KPS3030 installation is the same. Future articles will feature the installation brochures on the other Eclipse faucets.

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