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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018 edited
    Reviving an old one - anyone met failure of the adhesive joint between half-bowl and sinktop on a 10 yr old Franke one and a half bowl sit-on sink? Has proved unfixable. Can find nothing online about it.

    Are all these glued together or are any of them pressed in one piece? It's put me right off Franke, as the reliable but premium price make.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018
    I looked at my 1.5 bowl Franke and its all one piece. But are you thinking of stainless ones, or some other technology?
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018
    Ditto djh; but tom, in case you mean SS top mount/lay on then you've touched on a raw nerve with me. Bloody SS sink manufacturers are crap. They lie, they design badly, or with no real world ideas of fitting. More often than not they are simply design studios who sub contract manufacture to anonymous factories halfway round the world with no QC, no back up, and no interest in rectifying design flaws.
    Franke are overpriced and in my particular, admittedly single expensive experience, are poorly designed. Mind you my granite worktop fabricators were not up to the job also IMO. Me, a woodworker had to explain the finer detail to their fitters. :angry:
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018 edited
    A one and a half bowl st steel Franke sit-on sink. Others it seems are either pressed in one piece or welded. Franke now looking at photos, and I'm hopeful they will honour their 50yr guarantee!

    I'd a thought a heavy thump on the draining board couldn't fail to break the glue joint where it goes under (mark you, not over, in the direction of water flow) the lip of the sink bowl.
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    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018
    Ours is a Franke 1.5 bowl. Again all one piece.
    • CommentAuthorbhommels
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018
    Undermount sinks avoid many of the seams that will start leaking sooner or later, although with a stone worktop this is less of a problem. I agree with a big sink. Our single sink was upgraded to a bigger one last minute and we don't regret it one bit.

    Another thing is to consider connecting the dishwasher to the hot water, certainly if you have a renewables powered hot water system. The electrical consumption of a dishwasher is mostly for heating water, and many models now accept any water temperature (below 65deg C) as they heat until they sense the desired temperature is reached. Our DW consumes 1.5kWh on Eco setting on cold feed, and 0.5 kWh when on (solar powered) hot feed. Pipe lag is less of a problem than thought as in most cases there will be some dishes related rinsing/washing up just before/during the DW filling.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2018
    +1 for Fr but only sit on never underslung
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