Best Gauge for a Stainless Steel Sink

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You've finally moved into the home of your dreams. You have a shiny new stainless steel sink!

In your excitement, you bring over your hairdryer (the sink was empty) to run some water to test the faucet.

This causes quite a mess.


Because as hard as it may be to believe, there is a proper way to install a sink and a wrong way to install a sink.

Your shiny new faucet is outfitted with a Drip-Less design.

When installing your sink, allow at least 1/8" – 1/4" between the Drip-Less nozzle and the back of your sink, to allow air to enter.

If your spray head is too close to the back of the sink, you will risk drying out your back-up supply of water. Then, when you open your tap wide, while not reality, you could even risk scaring yourself with a huge geyser.

It makes sense, doesn't it?

There are two easy ways to remedy having a spray head too close to the back of your sink.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best grade stainless steel for kitchen sinks?

The most common grades of stainless steel sinks are 304 and 316. There are many, many varieties of each of these but they are just variations on the same thing. At this point, you might be wondering what gives these grades their names and how they differ.

First, you need to understand that the numbers don’t actually refer to different types of metal. They are dual grades depending on where the metal was used. 304 is the stainless used in food preparation and in the food-service industry, whereas 316 was used in the medical and chemical industries. Because the chemicals used in chemical manufactu