Thursday, June 11, 2009



Black, Gold and Bronze options reinforce contemporary aesthetics within a variety of color schemes.

Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, introduces an array of new finish options for its Karbon kitchen faucet, which was introduced last year and has already achieved iconic status within the design community. Now available in Black with Polished Chrome or Vibrant® Stainless joint accents, Gold with Vibrant® Brushed Gold or Vibrant® Polished Gold joint accents as well as Bronze with Vibrant® Brushed Bronze joint accents, Karbon’s unique visual allure reinforces contemporary aesthetics and is now adaptable within a variety of color schemes.

“The new Karbon color options make the faucet much more versatile,” says Kim Viglietti, product manager for kitchen faucets at Kohler. “It blends in seamlessly with many modern kitchen environments, but still provides an irresistible focal point.”

Unprecedented functionality and ease of use serve as the inspiration for the Karbon articulating faucet’s unconventional, modern design. It has all the versatile mobility of a pull-down faucet, but unlike pull-down faucets, the five pivoting joints of the Karbon faucet allow the user to precisely position the water stream and then have both hands free. This truly unique hands-free feature is what sets this faucet apart from other faucets, leaving the user to easily multitask, thereby increasing productivity in the kitchen. The Karbon faucet gets its name from the surprisingly lightweight, yet incredibly strong material of which it is partly comprised. The original design impetus of the Karbon kitchen faucet was inspired by lighting and construction equipment with articulating joints. The faucet was originally launched in Silver with Polished Chrome and Stainless.

Additionally, the faucet offers both spray and aerated water flow options, eliminating the need for a sidespray. An elaborate design detail is featured in the remote joystick valve that consists of two disks of identical size installed flush with the countertop to provide an unusually sleek look and offer easy cleaning. All finishes are available in deck- and wall-mount models.

The actual construction of the faucet is a combination of traditional brass and innovative carbon fiber composite tubing. The logic behind the use of carbon fiber lies in its superior strength and light weight, allowing for tight movement tolerance and the exceptional functional performance of this faucet. The joints connecting the four sections of the faucet employ a novel patented technology that provides exceptional resistance to support the spout while allowing for smooth and effortless handling.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Moen PosiTemp Valve Vs. Moentrol Valve

What is the difference between a Moen PosiTemp valve and a Moentrol Valve? First we look at the similarities of the two valves. Both offer a pressure-balanced system that maintains water temperature within two degrees. Built-in temperature limit stops which all you to control how far the handle rotates, therefore, controlling the range of water temperature. Available in a variety of connections from common 1/2" CC/Sweat, 1/2" IPS threaded, 1/2 PEX or CPVC. Meets pressure-balancing safety codes. Now we look at the differences between the two valves. The Moentrol has Temporature Memory. When shutting-off the shower faucet, the handle stays in the exact temperature position you set during use. The next time you turn on the faucet, within a few seconds, the water temperature reaches your last temperature setting. The PosiTemp doesn't have Temperature Memory. The handle goes from one side to the other always going from cold to hot from the off position. The Moentrol Valve has volume control which controls the water flow rate so you get the amount of water you want at the temperature you desire. The Moentrol has a flow rate of 7.5gpm while the PosiTemp has a flow rate of 6.3gpm.
The Moentrol valve operates by pulling the knob out to control flow. Once the knob is pulled out to turn the water on, it is then rotated to select a temperature. Left for hot, right for cold, or a mixture of both in the middle. Once the faucet is done being used, you can turn it off by pushing the knob straight in. The PosiTemp valve does not pull out. To turn on the water flow the handle is rotated counterclockwise. You turn the handle counterclockwise until water dispences. The water starts at the coldest setting. To change to a higher temperature you keep turning the knob counterclockwise. All the way counterclockwise would be the hottest temperature setting. To turn the faucet off turn it all the way back clockwise to the off position.
The Moentrol valve is more expensive then the PosiTemp for the added feature of Temerature Control where you can set the temperature so it is always where you like it. Check out the Moentrol valve and PosiTemp valve by Moen Faucets. Brought to you by The Faucet Expert (TM). Videos.

Shower Valve With Stops, What Does That Mean?

"Valve Stops" or "With Stops" means that the shower faucet valve includes shut-offs for the water line so you don't have to shut off water to the entire house to work or repair parts on the shower/tub system. The video tuorial above will explain what stops are and why they are used. Stops are a screwdriver shut off mechanism that allows the water supply to be cut off directly at the valve without affecting the water supply to the whole house or building. Convenient for future maintenance or repairs. Say you want to replace a valve catridge and dont want to stop others in the house from using the kitchen faucet or another bathroom toilet. With stops you can turn off the water at the shower valve so others can keep using the water supply around the house. The small added cost pays for itself in terms of time and hassle saved. To use the stop insert a screwdriver into the slot on the hot water supply side of the valve. Now turn the stop 1 quarter in any direction to turn the water supply on or off. Now repeat this process on the other side to turn on or off the cold water supply. The water is now cut off from the valve and you can perform maintainance or exchange the valve cartridge when it wears out. Check out the following Shower Faucet valves and Tub Faucet Valves with stops. Brought to you by The Faucet Expert (TM). Videos

Shower Valve Options, What Is Behind The Wall?

In this Valve video tutorial we will take a look behind your shower faucet. The purpose of the valve is to control the flow of water and/or temperature. When you turn the valve handle the valve mixes the hot and cold water supplied through the lines that are behind the walls of your tub or shower. Valves are specific to each manufacturer. One manufacturer's trim kit or faucet will not work with another manufacturer's valve. If you choose to replace your existing tub/shower faucet with a different manufacturers line then you must also replace the valve in the wall. For instance if you have a Delta Faucet valve you can not put on a Moen Faucet trim kit handle. Manufacturers do this on purpose so the parts are not interchangeable and that you will always stay with their brands. You have to ask yourself 2 questions when looking to purchase a shower system. If new construction, you can pick whatever brand and valve you would like. If remodeling you will need to ask yourself what brand you currently have installed? Then you have to ask yourself if you want to do any plumbing work behind the wall? If the answer to the second question is no then you will want to stay with the brand you have and just replace the inner cartridge part and change what is called the "Trim Kit". The trim kit is what you see on the out side with the finish. The handle and back plate. Some Trim kits include the shower head and/or tub spout. See Shower Tub Accessories
The valve is not always included with a new faucet. You can tell if you need one by looking in the product details on the product detail page. Why? In new construction the valve may be installed months before the actual faucet is installed during the final finishing or fixture stage. Many times the builder puts the valve in before a homeowner has picked out the trim kit and finish. In remodeling jobs, if you are just changing the trim kit you will not want to change out the valve and pay for a new one since you already have the valve in the wall. The valve is the most costly part. Check out Shower Only Faucet Valves and Tub/Shower Faucet Valves and Brought to you by The Faucet Expert (TM). Videos

Delta® Introduces Asian-Inspired Rhythm® Bath Collection

Delta® Introduces Asian-Inspired Rhythm® Bath Collection

Includes Touch-Clean® Technology and WaterSense® Savings

For the sophisticated consumer seeking a contemporary styled product with clean design, Delta® introduced the Zen-inspired Rhythm® bath collection at the 2009 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. The sleek, fluid lines of the design help turn the room into a serene retreat, enhancing tranquility in the bath.

“In addition to its tranquil design, Rhythm also offers significant water-saving benefits,” said Justin McCarthy, Delta associate product manager. “These WaterSense® labeled lavatories provide more than 30% water savings without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of the user experience or the durability and life span of the product.” They flow at 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 60 pounds per square inch (psi) versus the industry standard of 2.2 gpm. (ASME.A112.18.1/CSA.B125.1 of 2.2 gpm).

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Rhythm’s current product offering features the first Delta wall-mount lavatory faucet that follows the trend toward vessel sinks in the bathroom. The wall-mount is available in Chrome and Brilliance® Stainless and features a push button pop-up.

This suite also offers a three-function showerhead that creates a customizable shower experience with soft-aerated, massage or full spray options. In addition to the three functions, this showerhead has the exclusive Touch-Clean® Technology, which incorporates rubber nubbins that permit easy wipe-away of calcium and lime from the spray face of the showerhead or handshower with the touch of a finger.

The Rhythm suite will see a mid-year 2009 expansion with the addition of a new tub spout, a 14” shower arm and 8-3/4” raincan showerhead, which will deliver an improved showering experience as well as feature the exclusive Touch-Clean Technology.

Rhythm accessories, faucets and showers in Chrome and Brilliance Stainless create a clean, minimalist look throughout the bath.
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