The lower the gauge number, the thicker the material. In our opinion, 22 gauge is bare minimum - builder quality. During the manufacturing process, stainless steel sinks are "stamped" into shape. That means that the material stretches and therefore the corners can be very thin. We suggest at least 20 gauge and preferably 18 gauge. Stainless can scratch and with a mirror finish those scratches will show. We recommend that you do not purchase any brand mirror finished stainless sink (no matter what the price or claimed quality).
Unlike a stamped sink where metal gets stretched thin in certain places, True-Gauge sinks are folded meaning that every part of the sink is the same gauge. Whether it be the welds, corners, or bowl; True-Gauge assures that every part of your sink will have the same gauge.
We are not aware of any garbage disposers or adapters that will work with a 2-1/2" drain hole. If you want to install a garbage disposer, you will need a sink with a 3-1/2" drain hole.
If your disposer begins to smell you can clean the disposer by having it grind up a few cups of ice and some table salt. This helps to cut the grease and slime off the sides of the disposer. Then flush it out with cold water followed by half of a lemon or lime to deodorize.
Some disposers add enzymes to your septic every time that you use the disposer. From what we have read, bacteria grow naturally after initially being introduced (mostly by nature) into septic tanks, and no additional enzymes/bacteria need to be introduced. From our perspective, adding additional enzymes/bacteria each time seems like a waste of money and resources. Some cities have banned disposers because of concern that garbage disposer waste harms the septic tank and then, later changed their minds and allowed them, such as New York. From what we know, food disposer waste gets consumed by bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic tanks.
One additional note, our Founder/Leader wishes to encourage you to use composting and not throw all waste down your food disposers. Save the Planet and recycle as much as possible.
"What does tubular mean?"
It is a thinner walled pipe most commonly used under sinks to attach sink drains to the house drain. It allows the use of slip joint adjustable connections by being light weight yet durable, also it's easier to install compared to direct hard line connections.
"What is a locking sleeve?"
The locking sleeve and tightening screw secures your drain to your sink. Once in place, tightening the screw "locks" the drain securely in place.
"What is fire clay?"
Fire clay is a specific kind of clay used to make high end ceramics.
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