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  1. I woould say almost certainly yes but you could check by removing the drawers or extending the drawer and looking up through the door.
  2. Fair play. It does say here are no warranties on it though. If they have cost engineered it, I wonder if thats affected its ability to resist stains.
  3. iQ White Quartz from International Stones (made by Cosentino) - As far as I know (and I have been in this industry only 15 years the only brand of quartz they make is Silestone. A little google search on Internation Stones shows they they are an importer of stone. Some of their material colours are the same as Silestone but their website also curiously says their materials match technologies used by Silestone, ceasarstone, Compac etc. Both statements are unlikely to be true. So I am of the opinion that they import Chinese quartz in colours to match Silestone. Something isnt adding up. Good luck with your warranty. If it is Silestone, someone from Cosentino will visit wearing branded clothing and inspect. If not, its anyone's guess what you have got.
  4. Indeed. Oxalic acid has a pH of 1.3 making it a very strong acid (in the hydrochloric/sulphuric/nitric acid territory). It therefore follows that the concentration in Rhubarb has to be very very low else you wont have teeth left as you eat your rhubarb. What brand of quartz have you got? Have to tried contacting your supplier for remedial action?
  5. When I said it doesnt stain, I meant foodstuff. Not strong acidic or alkalis, solvents or suchlike. I am things used in normal everyday cooking. And they will not stain the worktop as they are only very mildly acidic or alkaline. Resin is actually quite inert. The most likely reaction is from the acidic/alkaline material reacting with the quartz content. Or solvent reacting with the resin.
  6. It is not possible to permanently stain quartz.
  7. You are not wrong with this approach. The building control figure of say 60l/sec is a flow rate irrespective of the size of the kitchen. This is to ensure that mould doesnt become a problem and is completely inadequate from a perspective of clearing a room of smoke and odour created from cooking. Another example of building control stuck in the dark ages. multiplying your room volume less volume of goods in it (like kitchen units) and multiplying this by 12 will give you extraction rate you would require to rapidly remove smoke and odour from grilling steaks etc. Multiplying by 6-8 is what you need for normal cooking activity. However also remember that this figure makes sense in a self contained kitchen. Open plan living has challenged extraction capabilities. Venting hobs are changed the way extraction requirements are defined. Lets say your room is 6m * 5m * 2.4m = 72 m3 * 12 = 864 m3. Ideally you want your extractor to have an extraction rate of 864 m3/h. You are right, very few extractors have this sort of capacity, but also remember that an extractor that does 600 m3/h will still do the job, just slower. Try and find one that gets as close to the target figure as possible and you will get best possible extraction performance. Dont tie yourself up in knots if you cant find the extractor. Its not the end of the world.
  8. Nobilia will be dearer than Howdens but competitive with Magnet.
  9. Novy with External motor and you will get something ridiculously powerful and quiet
  10. Find a good designer. Tell them honestly what you can afford to spend and discuss with them what it is you'd like from the kitchen and let them do their their thing. If you have a good designer, the more information your give them, the better will be the end result.
  11. What they dont tell you about porcelain worktops - Most arent through coloured so the finish you see on the surface isnt what you see on the front edge. Drainer grooves if required for the same reason could be a completely different colour and often looks unsightly. The material is extremely brittle and virtually impossible to repair should chips appear. Other than that, its sound. To me, its not really worth the spend unless there is a colour/finish you cant find elsewhere.
  12. Howdens units are 720mm high and the plinths should be 150mm (need to confirm but I am 99.9% sure I am right on this, making the height of the units without worktop 870mm (adjust this up or down based on plinth height but it should be thereabouts). There will be some variation from this as kitchen floors are rarely perfectly flat and the fitters will usually start from the highest point in the room and sometimes allow an extra 5mm to allow for a small ventilation gap about the plinths. This is good practise as it allows any unexpected humidity under/behind units to dry out. 910mm is too high. Your designer should have factored this by offering your solution at the design stage, but its Howdens, so ..... I wouldnt be forced down the 12mm route. Too many problems. The right thing would be to get the fitter to install the kitchen to the product specifications. If your floor is now down, he needs to allow for this. Any items requiring reordering should be to the fitters account.
  13. Novy hoods are not the cheapest around, but they are the quietest. Their hobs are reasonably priced when you consider three elements - higher grade ceramic offering much better scratch resistance, the octagonal induction coils providing much better cooking performance and longer warranties. PM me if you'd like it priced up.
  14. It sounds like you are having an English kitchen from the fact that you have 320mm units, so your gap between worktop and units will be around 490mm. You may have to go for shorter wall units to get a bigger gap but it wont be 560. It will probably end up being more like 730mm unless you ignore top alignment. We have used, Gutmann or Novy hoods in this situation. Novy are quieter.
  15. On most induction hobs you can go down to 500mm (check spec) but in practice this is too low. Condensation and delamination is not a huge concern with induction hobs provided you have a powerful extractor installed with a 6 inch ducting and this is used correctly. Our cabinets provide a height of 560mm and wall unit cabinet depth of 360mm. We regularly do this set up for clients provided they are no taller than around 5ft 10in. We supply good quality extractors and provide detailed use instructions and have NEVER has a delaminated cabinet. The operating ergonomics are largely a personal issue but the mechanics are not a problem provided basic principles are observed.