Show Notes: Stainless Steel Sinks and LED Lingo
Thank you for joining James and Morris this week where that talk was stainless steel sinks, mice, LED lingo and more……
Learn The Language Of LED
No More Watts……..
Brightness, look for lumens, not watts. Lumens indicate light output. Watts indicate energy consumed. ENERGY STAR certified bulbs provide the same brightness (lumens) with
less energy (watts).
Color And Appearance
ENERGY STAR certified bulbs are available in a wide range of colors. Light color, or appearance, matches a temperature on the Kelvin scale (K). Lower K means warmer, yellowish light, while higher K means cooler, bluer light.
Visit the Energy Star website for more information.
The Skinny On Stainless Steel Sinks
If you are in the market for a shiny new sink and are considering stainless steel – this is what to look for:
Gauge is the thickness of the metal – the higher the gauge, the thinner the metal, the more prone to damage it will be from everyday use
The lower the gauge the thicker the material and the better the quality – this will make for a “lifetime” sink
Look for a sink with an isolative coating at the underside of the sink – this will act as a sound deadener – if there is no coating, don’t even consider the sink! It will sound like a steel drum.
Design And Depth:
Stainless steel sinks have become the darling of high end kitchens. You can find very stylish designs and shapes from very contemporary to more traditional, in many configurations: one, two or three bowl sinks, curved, square, hammered, polished. You will get the most usable space in a square sink with straight corners and a flat bottom.
Once you find your favorite style, consider the sink depth. Stainless sinks can be up to 10” deep. When a deeper sink is installed below the countertop it will get even deeper. If you are tall you will find that working at the sink may cause you to bend over and possibly strain your back. For shorter people, you may have trouble reaching the sink bottom or stand on your tip toes!
What’s It Made Of?
The sink should have a lustrous satin finish, which will develop a better patina over time than matte-finish stainless steel. Look for 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel for optimal corrosion and stain resistance. Tip: if the sink holds a magnet, don’t buy it.
Where’s The Drain?
Look at the drain locations in the sink. A drain at the back means more usable space in the base cabinet and better drainage. A rear drain to the left or right corner is even better; it’s your choice
An At-Home Dry-Cleaning Machine
The Swash ($500) is the first-ever at-home dry-cleaning machine. About the size of a large garment bag, it fits snugly in your closet or bedroom and cleans soiled clothes in only ten minutes.
That’s right, ten minutes.
Here are the specifics: Hang one item at a time inside the Swash, then insert a detergent pod (kind of like a Keurig) and shut the door. Ten minutes later, and after some satisfying whirring, open the door to retrieve your clean, pressed and delightfully un-smelly piece of clothing.
The Swash doesn’t work with really delicate silks or leather–and if you have a serious stain, you should definitely head to a professional dry cleaner.
The 3 Most Commonly Overused Cleaning Products
Glass Cleaner: People tend to spray the surface in need of cleaning rather than the rag, cloth or paper towel they’re using to wipe the surface.” Spray too much and you’re basically pushing dirt and lint around, which leads to nasty streaks.
Instead: Spritz the paper towel with your glass cleaner of choice, then wipe down the glass.
Furniture Polish: There is such a thing as caring too much for your beloved wood furniture. Kerr says that by spraying (or buffing with wax) frequently, you can end up creating a build-up. This, in turn, ends up attracting more dust and dirt.
Instead: Apply a light mist (or light coat) of furniture polish once a month. Wipe furniture down with microfiber cloths between polishes.
Laundry Detergent: We were surprised to learn that we’re only supposed to be using a tablespoon at a time. Pouring excess amounts into the wash can create a film that prevents clothes from actually getting clean.
Instead: Use an old tablespoon to measure out just enough product.
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