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Franke Protronic-S Aqua 130 self closing water saving hands free tap

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Franke Protronic-S Aqua 130 self closing water saving hands free tap PROTRONIC-S battery-supplied washbasin mixer with touch-free operation, DN 15 with aerator and integrated flow control, for connection to hot and cold water supply, polished chromium-plated brass. With temperature selection lever and conversion set for concealed mixing device, 6 V battery.

This is an industrial tap suitable for high usage such as food processing plants, factories, public washrooms and hospitals. The hands free tap or sensor tap can be set to run for a certain time. The default is 60 seconds. 
What makes this tap so suitable for industrial and commercial use is that the temperature of the water can be set. This is important for health and safety, especially in work environments.

Specifications
Gross weight2.00 kgNet weight1.90 kgType of mountingmounted on productType of operationsensor operationProtective system IPIP65power supply connectionBattery 6 VDiameter nominalDN 15calculation flow rate cold wat…

Bathroom vanities, basins and cabinets

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Bathroom vanities, basins and cabinets Bathroom vanities, basins and cabinets come in so many shapes, sizes, materials and colours that there will be one of the shelve that should suit your bathroom design. One thing is sure, you don't have to depend on a small medicine cabinet to store your bathroom needs. 
Modern bathroom vanities are designed with the basin as a combo unit. So you can't buy a different type of basin to fit. If you do that you must purchase a vanity top first and install a free standing basin on top of the surface.  Bathroom vanities come in double or single configuration. The most practical bathroom vanities are wall hung types as it is easy to clean under them and if there is water on the floor it will not damage the vanity at all. In any case, nobody uses the space to low down. 
Double bathroom vanities and cabinets are the ultimate in storage. They come in various colours and are the most practical combination you can think of. The large vertical bathro…

Bathroom basin with space on top

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There are a plethora of bathroom basins on the market. Most are designed either for aesthetics or price. There are some that are designed to be functional and this one is one of them.

If you have a super large bathroom space should not be a problem. Even free standing bathroom basins that are placed at least 50 cm apart on a double vanity provides ample packing space.

The lack of packing space on a bathroom basin is a problem in small bathrooms with single vanities. If you installed an under mounted unit you have maximised space on top but you sacrifice space under the vanity. It is all a compromise.

The Essence counter top basin is one of those basins that provides some space on top and is suitable for a small bathroom. Ideally it should be placed on a wall mounted vanity.

Another big hidden advantage is it is made from Fireclay which is much stronger than normal ceramic.  It is less prone to cracking and chipping so it is ideal for using when renting out an apartment.

FAQ on glass splashbacks

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What is the biggest size glass that I can choose?
Maximum workable splashback panel size – ±3100 x 1200 mm, bigger sizes will be butt joined. The maximum size is actually determined by the oven size. Large ovens are found in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

What exactly is glass splashbacks?
In simple terms it is toughened glass which is back painted (backpainted) with automotive paint. Permanent adhesion is obtained by mixing the urethane paint with a catalyst which changes the molecular structure of the glass, which ensures the permanent bonding between glass and paint.  So the paint used is not a PVA or water based paint.

What are the main advantages of glass?
The strong adhesion between paint and glass makes the product durable.
Glass is easy to clean & maintain since it is non porous and any chemical can be used to clean it.
Toughened glass is safe. If it breaks it shatters into small pieces that will not cause serious injury like standard glass.
It delivers many exciting colours…

Solid glass for kitchen splashbacks

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Glass has become a very popular architectural product all over the word since technological innovations in the late 90’s. It can assume any appearance, fulfil numerous functions and is capable of great strength and versatility. The trend towards the increased usage of glass for both exterior and interior applications is global, as architects and designers worldwide continue to push the envelope by using glass in non-traditional ways. The consumer is offered various decorative glass solutions, from functional decorative glass to just modern art - your imagination is the limit. Coloured glass cladding is commonly referred to as “splashbacks” with it most popular applications being in kitchens and bathrooms. It can however be used almost anywhere you can imagine. APPLICATIONS: Splashbacks - Cladding - Art - Screening - Partitions - Reception areas - Tops - Island fronts Corporate logos and signage - Trade show cabinets etc. Coloured glass cladding creates a feeling of dimension, space a…

What are splashbacks

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Glass splashbacks Glass splashbacks has become a very popular architectural product all over the word since technological innovations in the late 90’s. It can assume any appearance, fulfil numerous functions and is capable of great strength and versatility. The trend towards the increased usage of glass splashbacks for both exterior and interior applications is global, as architects and designers worldwide continue to push the envelope by using glass in non-traditional ways

The consumer is now offered various decorative glass solutions, from functional decorative glass to just modern art – your imagination is the limit. Coloured glass cladding is commonly referred to as “splashbacks” with it most popular applications being in kitchens and bathrooms. It can however be used almost anywhere you can imagine. It is suitable for splashbacks, art, screening, corridors, partitions, reception areas, floors, ceilings, island fronts, corporate logos and signage, trade show booths etc. Coloured …

The best way to save on electricity bills - Most people don't know about

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Heat pumps save water heating costs The biggest proportion of your monthly electricity bills go towards heating water and your stove.  In terms of total cost not much can be done to the running cost of your stove. Even if you switch to gas you are still paying a lot.  However, heating up water has alternatives.  Solar panels are not always the solution but they do help to reduce energy bills, the problem is if you have a lot of people in the house you might run out of hot water very quickly on a cloudy day.

Heat pumps use heat from the environment to heat up the water.  Just like solar panels use sunlight energy. The only electricity used is to pump the water through the system and run the fan for the heat exchanger. So there are no tanks or elements like those used in geysers.



How does a heat pump actually work The fan of the heat pump circulates air through the outer evaporator that acts as a heat collector. The liquid refrigerant in the evaporator absorbs the available heat in the…