Carbon Fiber Faucets: A Growing Trend?

KohlerKarbonFaucet Carbon Fiber Faucets: A Growing Trend?
These days, staying up-to-date with technology and new materials can be quite a challenge. Even in the kitchen, builders and homeowners have a wealth of options when selecting countertops, flooring, faucets and appliances.
The newest trend to watch? Carbon fiber, which can be used in a variety of applications from sporting goods to cars, and is prized thanks to incredible strength that is five times that of steel and a lightweight build.
Carbon fiber is slowly being adopted by the kitchen industry, and appeared earlier this year in Kohler’s Karbon articulating kitchen faucet, a design inspired by “lighting and construction equipment that feature articulating joints,” according to a press release from Kohler.


Kohler’s Karbon faucet combines carbon fiber composite tubing with traditional brass, and the company says “the logic behind the use of carbon fiber lies in its superior strength and light weight, allowing for the tight movement tolerance and the exceptional functional performance of this faucet.”
Because carbon fiber remains a relatively new component within a variety of industries, prices for the durable yet lightweight material remain high. As carbon fiber is more universally adopted, however, it will be interesting to watch how its used, and if more companies in the kitchen industry incorporate this material into new products.
Photo courtesy of Kohler

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  • Fred

    Hey Tim,

    We’ve worked extensively with self levelers and have written a lot on the topic over at OPC. A few additional tips:

    – Self levelers may dry very quickly, as is the case with products like LevelQuik RS. If you’re doing a large room, make sure you buy an extended setting product (like LevelQuik ES, for instance).

    – Surface prep is extremely important. Follow the instructions exactly as they are written on the bag. Failure to do so will inevitably lead to adhesion problems, and may cause the SLU to delaminate from the concrete.

    – Never use an SLU on a painted surface. It won’t stick, and you’ll regret it.

    – Most SLUs can be ‘feather edged’ at the time of the pour. You’ll only need a feather edge product if you wait to apply it until after everything else dries.

    That’s all I can think of! Thanks for running an awesome site!

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      Thanks Fred for the extra tips. I pulled this from OPC for reference.

      Self Leveling on Concrete
      http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/self-leveling-on-concrete/

      LevelQuikES
      http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/prime-a-cement-slab-for-self-leveler-levelquik-es/

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      Fred, I have a stamped concrete floor with 3 coats of sealer just done. We hate it it is ugly in color, the stamp is way to aggressive for interior floor use…furniture etc. We have tried to make do, but it is plain ugly. This is a new home and the floor is in the basement . We want to go with ceramic tile. The Q we have is where you mentioned above about not putting the self leveler on top of painted surfaces. What about this sealer? We were going to put the self-leveler on top of the stamped indentions to get it level again. Do you think this is OK?

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