Franztini
  • Review count
    279
  • Helpfulness votes
    1,012
  • Average rating
    4.6
    4.6 out of 5
  • First Review:
    July 30, 2013
  • Last Review:
    January 10, 2020
 
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      Activity Summary
       
      • Review count
        279
      • Helpfulness votes
        1,012
      • Average rating
        4.6
        4.6 out of 5
      • First Review:
        July 30, 2013
      • Last Review:
        January 10, 2020
       
      • Question count
        7
         
        • Answer count
          75
           
           
           
           
          Franztini's Reviews
           
          KRAUS kitchen sinks are known for excellent quality and sturdy construction. The Premier Collection sinks are the perfect combination of quality, durability and convenience. Made from durable T-304 stainless steel, this undermount sink can easily stand up to constant use and handle your toughest kitchen tasks. Enjoy the advantage of high-end kitchen sinks with the best-selling Standard PRO Series. This KRAUS sink features a clean contemporary design and wear-resistant finish with a beautiful sheen that complements most kitchen appliances.
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Excellent quality, amazing value
          PostedJuly 28, 2016
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          I love big single sinks. My husband and I are both avid cooks with big pots and this sink makes it a breeze to clean them (think of the All Clad 12 Qt Stainless steel pot with the pasta insert). In my previous house, I went with Blanco stainless steel sink. Blanco makes an excellent sink, but this sink beats it in quality, finish, and sound proofing at half the price! I love the square cut at top - very modern and clean - and yet having rounded corners which makes cleaning a breeze. I love this sink so much, I bought another one for my vacation home and plan on putting one in my rental when I renovate the kitchen. Even the bag that comes with the sink is nice! You will not want to throw it Read More
          I love big single sinks. My husband and I are both avid cooks with big pots and this sink makes it a breeze to clean them (think of the All Clad 12 Qt Stainless steel pot with the pasta insert). In my previous house, I went with Blanco stainless steel sink. Blanco makes an excellent sink, but this sink beats it in quality, finish, and sound proofing at half the price! I love the square cut at top - very modern and clean - and yet having rounded corners which makes cleaning a breeze. I love this sink so much, I bought another one for my vacation home and plan on putting one in my rental when I renovate the kitchen. Even the bag that comes with the sink is nice! You will not want to throw it away and it can be used for so many things, like a laundry bag. I have never had a stainless steel grid in my previous sinks and I love it ...and hate it as well. I love the fact that when you are rinsing/washing your dishes the food bits are on the sink and you can actually dry your dishes on the grid. So why do I hate it? It is another thing to clean. You have to make sure to turn the grid over and scrub each stainless steel rod since mold/gunk will grow (see picture). Also, in order to clean the sink, you need an area next to your sink to put the grid, so kitchens with limited counter space I would not recommend this sink. The only other thing that is a pain to clean is the drain. I love the stainless steel drain basket (I don't have a garbage disposal) but there is a down size to such a deep drain - hard to keep clean (see picture). I have small hands so I can get in there with some comet and sponge and clean it, but it is a tight fit. These are minor, minor issues but thought I would mention. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Nice Design
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          The Bellwether 60 in. x 34 in. shower base features KOHLER enameled cast iron construction for unmatched durability and ease of maintenance. The left offset drain is designed for easy 60 in. x 30 in. bath replacement. Add a removable cover over the recessed drain for a finished look. Color: White.
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          I will never install tile in my shower after this!
          PostedJuly 8, 2016
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          I have remodeled/built several homes. I love the look of the custom built and tiled showers, but the maintenance is a pain. As well, the shower pan is going to deteriorate, so I looked at an alternative in our latest remodel. I decided on cast iron for longevity and looked to a brand I have had great experience and purchased this shower pan. We installed it - what a pain! Nothing against Kohler, but it is HEAVY and trying to maneuver it into place and placing/attaching the drain was a pain in the butt! There were three of us and a dolly (thank god!) and we finally had it placed. I am building our next house and without a second thought I am buying this for my master bath and realized I never Read More
          I have remodeled/built several homes. I love the look of the custom built and tiled showers, but the maintenance is a pain. As well, the shower pan is going to deteriorate, so I looked at an alternative in our latest remodel. I decided on cast iron for longevity and looked to a brand I have had great experience and purchased this shower pan. We installed it - what a pain! Nothing against Kohler, but it is HEAVY and trying to maneuver it into place and placing/attaching the drain was a pain in the butt! There were three of us and a dolly (thank god!) and we finally had it placed. I am building our next house and without a second thought I am buying this for my master bath and realized I never wrote a review. I will never tile a shower floor again. This shower pan makes maintaining and cleaning your bathroom so easy. It looks fabulous with any tile/stone. It is nonslip. Though it may seem expensive, if you compare what it will cost to do a shower pan and then tile, it is a cost saver. Just wish there were more sizes. Also, I bought the drain cover - looks great, but I wouldn't recommend it. First, I have long hair, so I have to clear the drain and you can't see it with the cover. The second item is the cover hides all the dirt/mold and it is really gross when you have to clean it. Read Less
          Pros: Durable, Easy to Clean, High Quality, Looks Great
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          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Solid level, but...
          PostedJune 23, 2016
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Heavy aluminum stock feels solid but it might be too heavy for some. I like the weight, gives it a high quality feel. Only has one off center handle with a rubber(?) gasket cushion that might eventually fall off with heavy use. High impact end caps make the actual level length only 22 ¼”. If you are leveling 2x4s on 24” centers you’ll need to get out your 3ft level. My level arrived with damage on one of the gel impact restraints. Gives me some concern about them holding up if/when it falls from various heights
          Cons: Not Durable
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          The Savage Magnetic Box Beam Level is the ultimate in accuracy and durability. The Box Beam Level is called such due to the construction of the frame. If you were to cut one in half, you would see the rectangular construction that gives these types of spirit levels the ultimate in durability.
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Nice lightweight level but has a few shortcoming
          PostedJune 23, 2016
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Pros. Level feels nice and the does not weight too much. Magnets are strong to the point it almost holds on sheet rocked walls. This must be because of the rock screws and nails in the studs. I like the three lines on either side of the bubble
          Cons: These might be picky cons but for one, the actual level is only 45 1/8" long. The gel impact ends make up the rest of the 48". I have used my previous 4ft level many times on beams and other things that were on 48" centers and the level reached. I can't do it with this one. Second, my previous level had slightly larger bubbles and the level lines almost touched the ends of the bubble. This Savage level has smaller bubbles and the lines start a Read More
          Pros. Level feels nice and the does not weight too much. Magnets are strong to the point it almost holds on sheet rocked walls. This must be because of the rock screws and nails in the studs. I like the three lines on either side of the bubble
          Cons: These might be picky cons but for one, the actual level is only 45 1/8" long. The gel impact ends make up the rest of the 48". I have used my previous 4ft level many times on beams and other things that were on 48" centers and the level reached. I can't do it with this one. Second, my previous level had slightly larger bubbles and the level lines almost touched the ends of the bubble. This Savage level has smaller bubbles and the lines start a little less than an 1/8" away from the end of the bubble. This means you are eyeballing the exact center level if you are trying for a very precise level. Read Less
          Pros: Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
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          The Ames floral tool line is the perfect size and weight for working in the garden. Ideal for raised bed gardening, this shovel will get the job done right. The tempered steel blade with power collar will dig in any soil condition.
           
          from Sonoma, CA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Great quality, perfect size for raised garden beds and trenches!
          PostedJune 23, 2016
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          I don't know why I didn't think of getting this shovel sooner. I love gardening and have vegetables year round. I have always used the large shovels to turn the soil and in my raised garden beds it was really tough. Also, I am not a petite person, so at times a full shovel of wet dirt can overwhelm me. This shovel is perfect. First the head is the perfect size - large enough to turn the soil, but not too large that it is difficult to maneuver in the raised bed. The shovel blade is 8 1/4" by 6"
          I didn't know it at the time, but it is made in the USA and the quality shows! I will definitely look for other products by Ames.
          Also, when my husband saw it, he said "Wow, that will be perfect Read More
          I don't know why I didn't think of getting this shovel sooner. I love gardening and have vegetables year round. I have always used the large shovels to turn the soil and in my raised garden beds it was really tough. Also, I am not a petite person, so at times a full shovel of wet dirt can overwhelm me. This shovel is perfect. First the head is the perfect size - large enough to turn the soil, but not too large that it is difficult to maneuver in the raised bed. The shovel blade is 8 1/4" by 6"
          I didn't know it at the time, but it is made in the USA and the quality shows! I will definitely look for other products by Ames.
          Also, when my husband saw it, he said "Wow, that will be perfect for digging trenches, especially in tight places". So another use for it that I didn't think about. Read Less
          Pros: Durable, Great Quality, Strong
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          Franztini's Questions
           
          Use this Loctite 10 fl. oz. PL Premium Advanced Polyurethane Construction Adhesive for indoor or outdoor projects that require a water-resistant, low-VOC adhesive. This adhesive is ideal for humid areas and is compatible with woodwork, concrete, stone, brick, hardwood floors, coated wood, drywall and metal.
           

          The interior vinyl trim (similar to the JELD-WEN - Window Vinyl Interior Flat Trim) around my ret...

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          Franztini
          December 9, 2018
          The interior vinyl trim (similar to the JELD-WEN - Window Vinyl Interior Flat Trim) around my retrofit vinyl windows are loose on a few of my windows. Can I use this to reattached the trim?
           

          How random is the pattern of the boards? I installed Traffic Master Lakeshore Pecan (looks great...

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          Franztini
          June 28, 2018
          How random is the pattern of the boards? I installed Traffic Master Lakeshore Pecan (looks great) but they only had about eight different patterns so you had to make sure to open all the boxes and sort by pattern before you could lay out your floor otherwise you might have the same pattern next to each other.
           
          Grace Roof Detail Membrane is the only product available today designed specifically for waterproofing critical roof detail areas. Based on the Grace Ice and Water Shield technology, Grace Roof Detail Membrane is a flexible product that conforms tightly to common roof details such as skylights, chimneys and dormer walls. Available in 9 in. and 18 in. W, it is the optimal choice for valleys and transition areas such as ridges, rake edges and drip edges.
           

          Use under a deck? I have a porch that is over my garage. I am replacing my porch and need to wate...

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          Franztini
          June 27, 2017
          Use under a deck? I have a porch that is over my garage. I am replacing my porch and need to waterproof it. I was thinking of installing this product over 5/8" plywood and then install decking on top. Would this create a water proof barrier?
           
          BEHR Premium Plus 1 gal. Deep Base Low-Luster Enamel Porch and Floor Paint is suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor projects, including painting basements, porches, floors, decks and patios. This low-luster acrylic latex paint is resistant to UV damage, scuffing, fading, cracking and peeling. It offers improved hiding properties for efficient coverage.
           

          I have a concrete shower base that needs to be repainted. Can I use this paint? I am not lookin...

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          Franztini
          February 25, 2017
          I have a concrete shower base that needs to be repainted. Can I use this paint? I am not looking for a water proof membrane, just a paint that can handle water. Thanks!
           
          The 14-19/64 in. x 9-19/64 in. 1,000-Watt White Wall Heater features louvers that direct heated air downward for even distribution throughout an area. This wall heater can be operated from a convenient wall-mounted line-voltage thermostat by using the Broan model 86W. The thermal overload protection feature helps provide safe use. Size: 15.0 In..
           

          Can I use a different thermostat?

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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          November 4, 2014
          I see that this heater works with the Broan 86W thermostat, but was wondering if I can use another manufacturer's thermostat? I would like the ability to have the ability to do daily scheduling. If so, which one or what would be the specifications.
           
          Franztini's Answers
           
          This durable prefinished engineered click real oak floor is easy to install. Simply engage the long sides at an angle and press down. The flooring is crafted of five layers of solid wood permanently bonded together in a cross-ply design. No HDF or other fiber boards are utilized. The stability of this construction provides superior strength, humidity resistance, and installation options (glue-less, floating, or glue down). The aluminum oxide finish provides 10 times more abrasion resistance than ordinary urethane finishes. Our company has been manufacturing wood floors to exacting standards in Johnson City, Tenn., for over 110 years. Color: Natural.
           

          If I was to clean using a wet mop, what solution would I use? I understand that microfiber mops a...

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          Monica
          January 6, 2020
          If I was to clean using a wet mop, what solution would I use? I understand that microfiber mops and vacumes are used to pick up debris and dirt, but I would also like to clean using some sort of wet solution that won't destroy the wood over time.
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          January 7, 2020
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          I would buy a product that is made for engineered hardwood floors, such as Rejuvenate
          128 oz. Floor Cleaner(Model # RJ128FC)
           
          Upgrade any kitchen with this sleek Samsung slide-in gas range. It blends seamlessly with your cabinetry to give your kitchen a high-end look and offers flexibility for big cooking jobs, from its five-burner cooktop to its large-capacity 5.8 cu. ft. oven. It also features True Convection, for beautifully even cooking that takes less time and uses less energy. And with a reversible cast iron griddle and custom wok grate, this slide-in gas range is the perfect range for anyone who loves to cook and entertain. Color: Stainless Steel.
           

          Does this come with the grill pan on the top of the oven ?

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          DEL
          December 29, 2019
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          December 29, 2019
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          Yes it does come with the grill pan.
           
          Home Decorators Collections Disher Oak 8mm Laminate Flooring brings you value and durability at an affordable price. You dont have to worry about lifes everyday spills and accidents with Disher Oaks 24HR Water Resistant Technology. Disher Oak features a durable AC-3 wear layer, allowing it to withstand everyday wear and tear. With a 30 year Residential Warranty, your homes floor is protected (see warranty guide for more details). Stylish yet timeless, Disher Oaks subdued gray color and matte finish create the perfect backdrop to any space. Angle Tap technology is suitable for both professional and Do It Yourself Installation. Disher Oak has achieved GREENGUARD Golds indoor air quality certification, ensuring that its met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs into indoor air. Let Home Decorators Collections Disher Oak bring value, beauty, and durability to your next project. Color: Light.
           

          I purchased the Pergo FloorMate underlayment for this flooring, which includes moisture barrier a...

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          tpa
          December 27, 2019
          I purchased the Pergo FloorMate underlayment for this flooring, which includes moisture barrier and is 3mm thick. Does this flooring require thicker than 3mm for the moisture barrier (do I need to purchase a roll of moisture barrier also)? I have a concrete subfloor.
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          December 28, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. As long as the Pergo FloorMate has the moisture barrier, that is all that you need.
           
          LifeProof is the latest innovation in vinyl flooring and is exclusively sold at The Home Depot. This flooring now features Scratch Protect surface coating, which is the Ultimate in scratch and stain resistance. LifeProof luxury vinyl flooring is both pet and kid friendly. This product has a pre-attached underlayment which minimizes sound and enhances warmth and comfort underfoot. LifeProof luxury vinyl flooring features a drop-and-lock installation system making it fast and easy for both Pros and DIYers to install. This flooring offers authentic color and texture for a realistic look and feel. LifeProof is both phthalate-free and formaldehyde-free to ensure product safety. Buy today, install today. 100% LifeProof, 0% worries. Color: Starry Light.
           

          is this product recommended with the direct sun on it?

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          miles
          December 14, 2019
          is this product recommended with the direct sun on it?
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          December 14, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. Do NOT install this product in any location that will get direct sunlight As the installation instructions state:
          Long-term exposure to direct sunlight can potentially damage LifeProof™, causing it to discolor, fade, or buckle. Protect LifeProof™ from exposure to direct sunlight via the use of window-treatments or UV-tinting on windows
           
          Home Decorators Collections Disher Oak 8mm Laminate Flooring brings you value and durability at an affordable price. You dont have to worry about lifes everyday spills and accidents with Disher Oaks 24HR Water Resistant Technology. Disher Oak features a durable AC-3 wear layer, allowing it to withstand everyday wear and tear. With a 30 year Residential Warranty, your homes floor is protected (see warranty guide for more details). Stylish yet timeless, Disher Oaks subdued gray color and matte finish create the perfect backdrop to any space. Angle Tap technology is suitable for both professional and Do It Yourself Installation. Disher Oak has achieved GREENGUARD Golds indoor air quality certification, ensuring that its met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs into indoor air. Let Home Decorators Collections Disher Oak bring value, beauty, and durability to your next project. Color: Light.
           

          Can this floor be installed in the kitchen where kitchen sink spalshes occur all the time?

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          Los
          December 2, 2019
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          Franztini
          Sonoma, CA
          December 3, 2019
          Answer: 
          Yes it can. The flooring is water resistant up to 24 hours, however it is recommended that you wipe up any excess moisture or spills as soon as possible.
           
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